Venezuelans and Cubans are coming to Texas in record numbers

When Reineldys Romero crossed the Rio Grande by foot in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, a Mexican law enforcement officer commanded him to return to the other side of the river.

Because Romero was already in the water, he was out of the officer’s jurisdiction. He told the officer, “I prefer to die here now [rather than] returning to Cuba.”

Romero, 38, arrived at the San Antonio Migrant Resource Center in late August. He comes with information technology skills and plans to find work wherever he can to send money for basic necessities back to his family in Cuba.