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Charming Venezuelan Dad Migrates to the USA

with his family of 5 and dog. A long trek documented by the NYT.

They seem nice.

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by Anonymousreply 19July 11, 2024 7:59 PM

Riding on the top of the train.

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by Anonymousreply 1July 9, 2024 6:46 PM

Carrying the tired dog.

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by Anonymousreply 2July 9, 2024 6:47 PM

Here's the article with paywall but all the animation.

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by Anonymousreply 3July 9, 2024 6:48 PM

The wife is good looking. Good for them and what a difficult long journey it must have been. Sadly Venezuela has really gone downhill since 2009, maybe 2011. I wish them happiness, a sense of relief, safety (although it's safer here in Canada) and prosperity.

by Anonymousreply 4July 9, 2024 6:51 PM

Boys looking a bit haunted, "camping" in Central America

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by Anonymousreply 5July 9, 2024 6:52 PM

and people here abandon their dogs for literally any reason.

by Anonymousreply 6July 9, 2024 6:53 PM

And she's pregnant.

by Anonymousreply 7July 9, 2024 7:54 PM

Come in!! We can't wait to welcome you in!. Lots of freebies just waiting for you to get them!--------------BIDEN.

by Anonymousreply 8July 9, 2024 8:04 PM

Two things can be true at one.

They are a lovely looking family that will probably do well here AND we need a tightly controlled border.

by Anonymousreply 9July 9, 2024 8:21 PM

^ at once

by Anonymousreply 10July 9, 2024 8:21 PM

He has a prison record and she was charged with assaulting him. They can't support their family but she's having another kid. No English proficiency or any indication of their desire to gain some. They have vague dreams, no skills and are living handout to handout.

I'm sure they're lovely people.

by Anonymousreply 11July 9, 2024 8:36 PM

R11 well, they are dirt poor.

What was his crime that sent him to prison?

by Anonymousreply 12July 9, 2024 8:40 PM

It's explained in the article. See archived version.

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by Anonymousreply 13July 9, 2024 9:02 PM

Still, he recalled dreaming of becoming a detective, and after a stop in the military, he joined Venezuela’s largest national police agency, which is heavily politicized and has a history of corruption. Mr. Aguilar was part of a SWAT-like unit that specialized in taking down organized crime when, as a 21-year-old police officer, he was arrested and charged in 2010 with abusing his authority. Venezuelan prosecutors accused him of participating in an armed shakedown of someone who owed his friend money. The friend and Mr. Aguilar, said to be carrying another officer’s gun, were accused of holding several people at gunpoint and stealing money and bottles of whiskey. Mr. Aguilar was charged with aggravated robbery, extortion and embezzlement, according to the few court documents available online. Mr. Aguilar says Venezuelan prosecutors distorted the charges and that he and his friend weren’t violent. In court documents, he portrayed himself as accompanying his friend for backup. He eventually served two years in prison, he said. At the U.S. border, background checks did not appear to turn up Mr. Aguilar’s criminal past. The family was released on parole — a status that allows migrants without visas to live and work in the country as their asylum cases wind through the courts.

Well, now the NYT has published his police record, as a dirty cop no less. Maye he shouldn't have cooperated with this story.

by Anonymousreply 14July 9, 2024 9:10 PM

These people are not political refugees. Send them back.

by Anonymousreply 15July 9, 2024 9:15 PM

They look like they just stepped off a plane, not walked 3,000 mi. over rugged terrain without food or water (would take about a month).

by Anonymousreply 16July 9, 2024 9:16 PM

do you have to be a political refugee to get a legal chance to stay in the USA?

by Anonymousreply 17July 11, 2024 7:01 PM

That's one way. There are others. This family qualified because they're from Venezuela.

by Anonymousreply 18July 11, 2024 7:47 PM

That's what I thought.

by Anonymousreply 19July 11, 2024 7:59 PM
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