Transmigrante Speaks Out on Dangers of Crossing Border
WESLACO – A transmigrante is speaking out about the dangers he faced when crossing the border.
He says he's afraid to show his face and give his real name, after a shooting in Mexico Thursday that claimed the life of the woman he received his transmigrante documents from.
"We know she was a person who helped transmigrantes and lately was pushing for more police security for us,” he said.
He says he’s been traveling to all parts of the U.S. then to Mexico and Central America for 15 years.
He says transmigrantes are a prime target for cartels and organized criminals looking to collect quotas along Mexican highways.
He adds he wouldn't be surprised if the shooting that claimed the life of Rocio Aldrete was organized criminals trying to send a message.
He says transmigrantes spend a lot of money in Mexico by paying taxes, gas, hotels and meals.
He suggests the Mexican government offer them better protection as they travel through the country.
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