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African migrant forced out of Del Rio breaks ankle after trying to evade authorities


Writhing in agony and pleading for Jesus to help him: this is the shocking moment an African migrant broke his ankle after leaping off a third-floor balcony while trying to evade Mexican immigration guards in Ciudad Acuña.

The harrowing footage, obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, was shot last week as Mexican authorities began removing some of the Del Rio migrants who have returned to their side of the border.

Law enforcement currently has 1,000 mainly Haitian migrants penned in the Parque Ecologico Braulio Fernandez but have warned them that they will be rounded up and flown south to Tapachula on the Guatemalan border if they leave.

Those who do are being rounded up in nightly raids on hotels that see Mexican immigration officers go room to room accompanied by heavily armed Guardia Nacional soldiers.

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An African migrant was seen leaping off a third-floor hotel balcony in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico last week in a desperate attempt to evade immigration officers

Video obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com shows Mexican immigration officers surrounding the Cameroonian man as he screams in pain after breaking his ankle during a botched escape attempt

Video obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com shows Mexican immigration officers surrounding the Cameroonian man as he screams in pain after breaking his ankle during a botched escape attempt

The man, who was traveling among the thousands of mostly Haitian migrants who hoped to enter the US, tried to make a run for it as Mexican authorities were raiding the hotel to round up migrants

The man, who was traveling among the thousands of mostly Haitian migrants who hoped to enter the US, tried to make a run for it as Mexican authorities were raiding the hotel to round up migrants 

DailyMail.com’s footage begins with a convoy of Guardia Nacional trucks pulling up outside a Ciudad Acuña hotel which has four white minivans parked in the courtyard.

Soldiers are then seen spreading out around the hotel and can be seen checking every room.

Suddenly, a man can be seen making a run for it. Seconds later, the man – a Cameroonian national traveling with the Haitians – is heard screaming in pain and saying ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus’.

Three floors above him, soldiers are seen flooding onto the balcony he jumped from while he begs for help. His ankle is snapped and twisted unnaturally away from his body.

In the clip, he can be heard saying: ‘Jesus, Jesus. Away, away. Jesus, what is this? What is this? Please, please, please, take me to the hospital. Take me to the hospital.’

According to Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies, the man was eventually picked up by an ambulance and treated for his wounds.

But others, a mix of Haitians and Africans, were rounded up and are seen being taken away by the Guardia Nacional – en route to the airport and a flight back to Tapachula. 

The footage begins with a convoy of Guardia Nacional trucks pulling up outside a Ciudad Acuña hotel where four white minivans are parked in the courtyard

The footage begins with a convoy of Guardia Nacional trucks pulling up outside a Ciudad Acuña hotel where four white minivans are parked in the courtyard

Soldiers are then seen spreading out around the hotel and checking every room

Soldiers are then seen spreading out around the hotel and checking every room

According to Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies, the man was eventually picked up by an ambulance and treated for his wounds

A migrant taken away by Mexican guards

The man was eventually picked up by an ambulance and treated for his wounds, according to migration expert Todd Bensman 

Bensman said: ‘The Mexican government is raiding the hotels in Acuña. Every night, all night, they’re raiding hotels and they’re rounding [the migrants] up and they’re flying them back down to the southern provinces.

‘Every morning, they’re flying them from Acuña. The raids are with Mexican National Guards in full battledress and Mexican immigration.

‘They told me what their strategy is and what their orders are – it’s to clear out all the Haitians who fled from the camp.

‘The Biden administration clearly went to [the Mexicans] and said “WTF? Get on this and get on it now. Shut this down. We don’t want any more coming in. Get them out of here”.’

DailyMail.com previously revealed how many of the Haitian migrants massing in Del Rio had made the dangerous journey from homes in Chile and Brazil to the US border via the southern city of Tapachula.

The Haitians in Del Rio said they had sold their homes and cars and given up good jobs to fund the journey which they completed by bus and on foot. 

Under a deal struck by the Trump administration and continued by President Biden, Mexico pledged to try to hold migrants in the south – keeping them close to the Guatemalan border via the use of Guardia Nacional roadblocks and an onerous system of permits and paperwork. 

Mexico's Guardia Nacional has been rounding up migrants and sending them off to the airport to get on a flight back to Tapachula in southern Mexico

Mexico’s Guardia Nacional has been rounding up migrants and sending them off to the airport to get on a flight back to Tapachula in southern Mexico 

The rules, which include getting an immigration permit stamped every other day, sparked widespread riots when they were introduced in June 2019 among the Haitian and African migrants trapped in Tapachula.

Most of the Africans come from countries like Cameroon or the Democratic Republic of Congo – both of which have suffered badly due to political corruption, as well as war.

The rules were enforced via Guardia Nacional roadblocks, although some managed to find a way around them by paying smugglers.

Those who couldn’t afford to pay like the Del Rio migrants were trapped on the Guatemalan border with Mexico until September 12 when they said they were told they could go by the Mexican authorities – apparently as a gift to mark Mexican Independence Day or El Grito.

As a result, thousands of Haitians, Africans and other migrants flooded into Del Rio – one of the only sectors of the US border where migrants aren’t charged by cartels to cross.

DailyMail.com previously revealed how many of the Haitian migrants massing in Del Rio, Texas  had made the dangerous journey from homes in Chile and Brazil to the US border via the southern city of Tapachula

DailyMail.com previously revealed how many of the Haitian migrants massing in Del Rio, Texas  had made the dangerous journey from homes in Chile and Brazil to the US border via the southern city of Tapachula

Those migrants are now being routed out of their makeshift camp in Del Rio after being processed by border officials. Some have crossed back into Mexico to escape deportation

Those migrants are now being routed out of their makeshift camp in Del Rio after being processed by border officials. Some have crossed back into Mexico to escape deportation

The sight of the camp caused widespread outrage, including from Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador who slammed the Biden administration in remarks to reporters on Wednesday and accused the US of failing to pay billions of dollars pledged to help Mexico contain the migrants.

He said: ‘Enough talking, it’s time to act. There was a commitment that they were going to invest four billion – two billion for Central America and two billion for Mexico.

‘Nothing has come – nothing.’

Many of the migrants who made it into the US and were camped in Del Rio have now returned to Mexico to avoid US deportation flights and say they are angry that they wasted all their money on the trip.

Bensman said: ‘Some of these migrants were telling me the other day, they were angry they had spent all the money they had to get this far.

‘They thought they were going to get in and it didn’t work. Some of them said they’re going to get their Mexican papers and find a way to work and build up the money they need to cross again.

‘What that means is they know they’re going to have to pay the cartels to get in.’ 



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