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Latino Daily News

Wednesday July 20, 2011

Migrants Zip Lining from Guatemala to Mexico en Route to the U.S.

Migrants Zip Lining from Guatemala to Mexico en Route to the U.S.

Photo: (Juan Laverde) Migrants Zip Lining from Guatemala to Mexico en Route to the U.S.

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A CNN affiliate in Mexico recently captured a new, albeit illegal, method migrants have been using to travel from Guatemala over the border to Mexico.

Televisa reportedly found a number of zip lines crossing the Suchiate River, a sort of water border for part of Mexico’s border with Guatemala. For just over US$1 (15 Mexican pesos or 10 Guatemalan quetzals), migrants can use the zip line to cross the border quickly.

The camera crews witnessed people using the line without fear of the immigration officers stationed nearby.

The line is managed by Guatemalans on either end of it, who are also responsible for collecting the money from those looking to cross. It takes “riders” from the community of El Carmen in Guatemala to Talisman, Mexico.

When arriving on the Mexico side, migrants often board freight trains, while others can afford to take a bus to the U.S.-Mexico border. Once there, the migrants either have to cross the Rio Grande or a 21-feet wall.

For some, neither seems like a good option, so some have taken to underground tunnels dug to prevent flooding. Such tunnels have also been used by drug traffickers, and they allow travelers go underneath the patrolled areas.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent told CNN, “There was a group down here and then they got caught in the flash flood and hours later they were looking for a body north of the openings.”

Still, though a number of migrants die during their travels, many continue to make the trek despite the warnings and horror stories. And for some, that means taking a zip line across the Guatemala-Mexico border .