Anderson Cooper – It Costs $1.30 To Cross A River From Guatemala To Mexico, In Full View Of Police
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Now this is a profoundly human story that begins for many in some of Central America’s poorest and most violent countries then moves north from crossing points long Mexico’s southern border to border town in this country. We are in both places, now its starting with Gary Tuchman who is live on the Mexico Guatemala border. Gary.
Anderson when people cross from Mexico into the United States they have to do it incontestably at potentially dangerous and expensive of the higher coyotes, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, but right now I’m in Guatemala. This is a river that separates Guatemala from Mexico across the way and these are rafts that you see in the river. All you need here, its not expensive, all you need here is little more than a buck to get on the raft, it’s easy, and it’s open.
This is Suchiate River which separates Mexico from Guatemala. Right now, we are in Guatemala the West most part of the country, across the river, the southern most part of Mexico and you could see throughout this river there are rafts of people who are trying to get across the boarder and they are doing it very easily, this is very unlike the boarder going to the United States, we have to be secret about it, I want to give you here to give you an idea of how open this is, there are police here. There are police all over here and no one minds, the people are going across the river from here in Guatemala into Mexico.
You could see this family of three, mother, father, and their little boy, they told me a short time ago they are getting ready to go on this raft, the rafts are made with these huge inner tubes and they are getting ready to go across from here in Guatemala into Mexico, they are hoping also to get into the United States. This river is active from sun rise to sun set and in addition to all the police being here, not caring that person crossing from here in Guatemala to Mexico.
What is really amazing is about a mile in this direction, is the official boarder station. The official boarder station is right down there, so even though the boarder patrols people for Guatemala and Mexico work over there, they don’t seem to care either. This is just a very active business and the going rate right now, for crossing is the equivalent of $1.30 and this is the family, we just met, a little child and his parents, the man in the red shirt with the stick, he is the pilot of this raft and he is the guy who just got the $1.30.
Typically what happens, they will go to the other side, they will go into Mexico, there are taxies and vans and also bicycle taxis on the other side, which will take them in a lot of cases to a near by city of Mexico called Tapachula. In Tapachula, they stay in shelters and then try to figure out where to go from there, but it is a long way from Tapachula Mexico, the southern part of the Mexico right near here to the United States. It could take them weeks to get there, if they get there successfully and that’s an open question. The police are not only friendly here; they are actually encouraging us to go for a ride in one of the rafts. Saying yeah go into Mexico, so we are. And this is our skipper.
This is Poluko; Poluko we paid him $1.30 already to go on the raft with him. Poluko, is this is a fun job to get there?
You like taking people into Mexico?
Okay, then people leave Guatemala, come with Poluko, he takes them to Mexico and then if they succeed, they end up in the United States, but if you do this in the real ground of Texas, it can be a lot of trouble, you can’t do it in front of cops, but here with Poluko he could do it in front of everybody.
Poluko is now taken us into Mexico, but unlike most of the people on this river were going to head back into Guatemala and spend the next couple of hours watching people continue to cross this river heading north.
I mean its amazing, just in this lake Gary, how easy it is. Are people on the raft, you talked to, are worried about what’s ahead of them, I mean, you’ve seen, kids riding on the top of train, it’s incredibly dangerous, a lot can happen to these kids along the way.
Hey, we’ve been here for couple of hours Anderson. This young lady right here, she is about to head to Mexico, she wants to eventually meet her family in the United States; she is little shy right now. People who we have been talking to aren’t scared, they are bit apprehensive, they are anxious, they are excited, but everyone we’ve talked to knows someone who successfully made it to the United States and says they have a better life there and that’s why they want to do it too.
One more thing, I want to tell you Anderson, just to make clear the coyotes who take you from Mexico to the United States charge hundreds of dollars, sometimes thousands of dollars, but here that doesn’t happen, I mean you can cross for free, in some spots; you can walk across some of the water its so shallow, but right here literally is a $1.30 that’s all it takes to get into Mexico and starts your journey to the United States.
Well, Gary I appreciate that. Thanks very much. From that border…
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