Political instability in Peru is causing the country’s immigrants to flock to the southern border of the US, adding to the already chaotic situation there as the end of Title 42 looms, he has been able to know The Post.
In the first six months of this year, 8,262 Peruvians, who are rarely seen trying to enter the US illegally, have been stopped at the southern crossing, according to data obtained by The Post.
That is more than double the number of Peruvians who arrived at the border in 2021, when 3,197 immigrants from that country were intercepted by federal agents.
Historically, the number of Peruvians arriving at the border has been even lower. Most of the immigrants who enter the country illegally are from Mexico, Guatemala or Honduras.
Peru is grappling with political instability, widespread corruption, the highest inflation since 1998, and protests that may be fueling illegal immigration to the US, says Peruvian activist Andrés Urbano.
“Nobody knows if Peru is the next Venezuela or Cuba,” Urbano told The Post on Tuesday. “There is a high level of distrust with the government, and both parents and young people see an uncertainty about what the future holds for them in Peru.”
Peru’s embattled president was on the verge of being impeached over the weekend after nearly missing a deadline set by Congress to return to the country from Ecuador, MSN.com reported. Congress has already voted to remove President Pedro Castillo twice in the nine months he has been in office.
“You can be assaulted and robbed in the street, even lose your life for a cell phone that someone wants to steal from you. Crime is on the rise and the police have no control over it,” Urbano explained. “Hitmen and organized crime are becoming more common. Criminals can buy their freedom even if they are arrested.
“Peru is descending into anarchy. At first sight, the country has a constitutional government, but in reality it is anarchy. No one knows how it will end.”
On top of that, the country has seen violent protests over mining, a major part of Peru’s economy, between indigenous workers and mine staff, adding more fuel to an already volatile situation, according to Bloomberg.
The Peruvians are arriving at a time when immigration levels at the southern border of the United States are at record levels. The government projects that as many as 18,000 undocumented immigrants per day could arrive at the border when Title 42 is lifted.
Urbano, part of a Latin American association in San Antonio, Texas, that works with Peruvian immigrants, doesn’t think immigration from Peru will slow down anytime soon.
“Peruvians are afraid that the doors will close and they won’t be able to leave the country if things get really bad,” he said. “They have decided that this is their best chance and the fear of crossing the desert or other dangers of crossing illegally will not stop them.”