Crece la tensión en la frontera sur de México, pues muchos migrantes se acercan pensando en cambiar su vida, pero los problemas que encuentran ahí los sobrepasan.
13 Sep 2021 – 12:00 AM EDT
the tension on the southern
border increases.20 years after 9/11, the story
of a pair of shoes that becamewitnesses to the tragedy.
>> i could not let them end upin a garbage can.
>> hundreds of thousands offamilies are waiting to hear
what will happen with theeviction moratorium.
>> im worried there is no moneyto pay the rent.
>> a decision brings up newissues regarding the death of a
transgender woman.>> what if i hadnt made that
video?>> a young man, a product of the
foster care system, shows thatdespite circumstances, has been
able to succeed.>> he is breaking with the trend
of a few young people graduatingfrom school.
>> this and more today on aquiy ahora.
>> the last few days on thesouthern border have been rocky.
>> these images speak forthemselves.
we hear about the people in themiddle of this crisis that could
>> tapachula in the mexicanstate of chappattas is the
first real step toward theunited states.
for many, for a while, this hasbecome a living hell.
>> she came from honduras a fewmonths ago.
>> i have suffered very much,the worst things someone can
experience and i dont want herto experience the same thing.
>> looking for a better life forher daughter, she risked
everything and came here, tomexico, like 80,000 migrants who
have arrived here, she has towait to get a permit and that
weight, she says, has her on thebrink.
>> i do not want to be herebecause i cannot feed my
daughters.she has asked for money, she has
slept on the streets.>> this situation is even harder
for guillermo and his friends,members of the lgbtq community.
>> we have approximately fourmonths that we have been here.
the situations we haveexperience have been very
difficult.to some extent, our lives are in
danger because we have beenthreatened.
>> and then, there are those whohave been incarcerated because
of migration issues.>> we have had our liberty
denied us illegally.some people, for more than 60
days despite seeking refugeestatus.
>> situations like this arebehind every migrant.
>> we cannot survive here.>> everybody knew when they
started their journey, themexican authorities would try to
contain them, but they did notexpect this attitude.
[screaming]>> please, please, no.
>> lets go.>> ive been covering this
border for 20 years and ihavent seen such a violent
reaction.>> she is maria dejesus peters
who has won a nationaljournalism award.
she captured the horror of thecaravans.
>> the children crying andscreaming and the saddest scene
was they were watching theviolent way in which their
parents were treated.their parents were beaten,
humiliated.>> they are trying to take my
daughter.>> ollie hundred get taras, who
came from venezuela, experiencedthe separation of her daughter
in chiapas >>.they got into the van and they
pushed their way in.they were crying and pleading.
>> her daughter was missing, shesaid.
>> a venezuelan rescued theyoung girl and contacted her
family in venice villa.they were able to be reunited.
this is another man who wasabout to be separated from his
daughter.some say that with this
violence, mexico is trying toget in the good graces of the
united states.president open door denies this.
-- president obra door deniesthis.
>> he said the operations wouldcontinue to protect them.
human rights watch and otherorganizations such as the
coalition for human rights inlos angeles condemning these
actions.>> you can see the roof is made
of tin.when it rains, water comes in
and we have to move beds andmove things so the leaks do not
fall on us.>> what little he has is
borrowed.they are under constant death
threats.>> we dont have a vote -- a
voice or a vote here.im going to find him and im
going to [keep]-- [beep]
>> they want to make it to theirdestination without further
repression from mexicanauthorities.
this thursday, two activistsbegan working to get people who
have an appointment withimmigration will be taken by
caravan to their appointment.>> meanwhile, at border points
between mexico and the unitedstates such as this one, every
day, more migrants arrived.they are able to defy the
containment walls.the problem is the places like
tijuana b -- threatened tobecome a pressure cooker.
>> its incredible whatshappening.
a problem that has grown andbothers some people.
>> jose has brought otheractivists together.
the head of immigration will nowhave to answer to the senate.
peters, meanwhile, continuesdocumenting what is happening
even though she herself has beenthe target of violence.
guillermo is waiting for a joboffer as a journalist to get out
of what he calls a hell.>> they revealed their action
plan if the situation does notchange.
we will be back soon with moreaqui y ahora.
later, despite thecircumstances, hes determined
to change his life, but before,tonight on aqui y ahora --
where are the silent witnesses>> 20 years ago, a reporter
among dozens that we did after9/11 became one of the most
remembered ones.we broadcast it originally on
aqui y ahora and we aretalking about to elements of the
tragedy.the correspondent relives it two
>> this is the embrace that noteven the best screenwriter could
have written.>> dont cry.
dont cry.>> it was a reporter meeting up
with an interview subject from20 years earlier.
>> the whole building hascollapsed.
>> im looking for informationabout my husband.
he worked at the world tradecenter in tower one.
it was the second one that fell.he worked at windows on the
world, on the 106th floor.>> it was the first few hours
after the tragedy.>> it looks like there are many
more things we dont know thanwhat we do know.
weve been here for over a week.>> one week later, it became a
report for aqui y ahora onseptember 18, 2001.
file she talked about going overthe victims list.
>> sometimes you say can icheck, can i look and then check
again.but they never say to you heres
the list, you look.>> that story care eight another
story inside of it.a pair of shoes, abandoned at
ground zero and the uncertainfuture of the owner.
four days, she would find mewhile i worked on the street and
told me how she felt not knowingwhat happened to her partner,
victor hugo.>> i want to know what happened,
whether hes alive or dead.i want to know.
>> thinking of her in theabandon she is, i realized they
had something in common --uncertainty.
>> we dont know who they belongto.
it could have been a world tradecenter executive or someone who
ran.these are the silent witnesses
of the tragedy.>> i couldnt allow them to end
up in a trashcan.>> youre never giving these
away, right?>> no.
>> i decided to keep them sothey wouldnt end up in the
garbage.i kept them for two decades.
they were flat and now they havecurved.
they have dust from 9/11, butthat has gone away.
>> what happened the hours later.
i tried talking to her at the10th anniversary in the 11.
someone we contacted said shewould not grant us an interview.
>> i interviewed you and imasking you to reach me.
>> been two years later, ilooked for her -- d2 later -- 20
years later, i looked for her onsocial media.
i interviewed you.>> this area was not open to the
public.>> no, you could not get in
here.>> two decades ago, it would
have been unimaginable to walkby here.
>> time has passed.thousands of family members of
the deceased at ground zero, ithas become a monument were
people come to remember theirloved ones, so they never
received their remains.they know they all experienced
their last moments of life atthis location.
>> how do you remember him?>> smiling.
he always smiled.he was never in a bad mood.
he was always in a good mood.in fact, as long as i knew him,
i never saw him angry.>> i remember him.
you had this flyer, you weredoing it away, posting it.
how did you make it?>> at home, with the computer i
had at home.it is a homemade flyer.
>> were you aware that you hadthis for 20 years?
>> i was aware i had it, but notthat it had been 20 years.
>> lily and victor hugo hadplans destroyed by 9/11.
>> i see this picture and i seethe things that could not be.
>> but they remain in your mind,which is the most important
thing.>> we had dreams of having a
family, of having children.that was not to be.
>> if a feeling has been withher for two decades, it is the
feeling of loss.she never got anything from
victor hugo.>> he left our house, and that
was it.he disappeared.
>> she has had 20 years to facesolitude and return to the
fountain with the names ofnearly 3000 victims, including
victor hugos name.>> life goes on >>.
>>>> but you learn that withpain.
thats right.>> issues also returned to where
the twin towers had been.they never found out if their
owner was alive or dead.for these shoes and for liliana,
these the -- life in these yearshas been a lot of penance.
they both pass this tragic test.>> liliana, like many other
family members of the victims of9/11 has to settle for the
memories and keeps caring forthe shoes that she found.
we return after the break.>> when we return, many families
explore their options to avoidif actions.
>> im always calling to seewhat they say.with the end of the month,
hundreds of thousands offamilies will face a problem
that began with the pandemic --how to pay the rent.
the protections offered by thegovernment have come to an end.
that has launched many rentersinto uncertainty, but there is a
light of hope for people whoneed help.
tiffany roberts tells us how toobtain that hope.
>> roxana in dallas, texashardly sleeps at night.
>> i wake up every day at 1 a.m.to cook so i can be there at 6
a.m.>> she lives in a two bedroom
apartment with her husband andthree children.
she works selling food and,since the pandemic began, her
income has dropped.>> ive been very stressed and
worried because theres no moneyto pay the rent.
>> the pandemic coincided withher husbands illness.
>> there is a lot of pressurethinking about the bills for
this month.theres no money but the little
i make.ive also got to pay for my
husbands medicine.>> alejandro was diagnosed with
cirrhosis of the liver.his doctors have not given him
much hope.>> the doctors said your liver
is badly damaged.>> the only option is a
transplant.>> he admits that when he was
young, he drank more than heshould and eight poorly, but he
has not had alcohol in years.>> every morning, i wake up and
thank god because there are manypeople who are sick and die.
>> now, his wife bears theresponsibility.
>> sometimes, when im in theshower, i start to cry and i
pray to god for strength.>> like in every family, there
are unexpected things.>> now that they are back in
school, the ones they had didnot fit anymore, so i had to buy
them for them.they had to go to school.
i wasnt able to pay rent lastmonth.
i brought -- i bought new shoeswere all three of them.
>> the couple said since thepandemic began, they have not
been able to pay their rent ontime and have been shielded by
the eviction moratorium.>> she would call and say we
would pay the rent two weekslate or 10 days late.
>> last august 26 supreme courtdetermined the cdc did not have
authority to order an evictionmoratorium, which raised the
fear of eviction among hundredsof thousands of family -- of
families.yarmo was a cook his entire
life.at the age of 63, he is retired.
his plan was to live off therent he and his wife bought
several years ago.>> i thought that, retired, i
would be here at home and mywife would work while she waited
to retire, i would make repairsaround the house.
make it look better.that is my desire.
>> they bought a duplex, asingle building with two homes.
a couple and their two adultchildren live in one half.
the other half is rented in theuse the money to pay for some of
the mortgage.>> because of the pandemic, the
rent has been sporadic.now they pay to any 5%, which is
$400, and they pay whenever theywant.
i think they feel they can livefree.
i said youre not going to livefor free, you have two pay a
certain amount, and depending onhow you are working and how your
situation improves, you willkeep paying.
>> with their deficit andfinances, they worry that in
november, they have to pay taxes.
>> they are going to take awayour property because we fell
behind on the property taxeslast year.
we have been paying little bylittle.
>> this will affect everyonefrom the people who are renting
to the government itself.renters will be effect did,
property owners will beaffected.
>> carlos is a financial expertin los angeles.
he says even though themoratorium has expired and has
given owners the power to evicttheir renters, financial aid to
pay for back rent is stillavailable.
the money is there.how can i ask whats going to
affect me.the government wants to help but
you need to ask for it.>> the federal government has
set aside $46 billion to payback rent.
but until now, only 11% of thatmoney has been paid out because
experts say the applicationprocess is done on a local level
which causes confusion amongrenters.
in dallas, roxana said it wasvery difficult to request aid
during the pandemic.she has cps status and did not
meet the legal requirements.she had to use her sons help.
>> i asked a friend who had acomputer for help and there were
a lot of requirements.>> every state is different, in
california, where the garciafamily lives, the government has
promised help to propertyowners.
>> i call and say there a lot ofmoney to pay.
but there have not been a lot ofapplications.
the few that you have, why dontyou process them?
>> sometimes, i think they arelies because they say the money
is there, that people dontapply, that maybe they dont
know.we have applied twice and they
have not helped.>> now, the law allows landlords
to evict renters.>> they are thinking twice about
it.>> i dont want to kick them
out.i understand what things are
like and i know there arehomeless people on the streets.
but he doesnt want toparticipate.
i say you have to pay the rent,i dont have money to pay the
mortgage on the house, now weare going to be two families on
the streets.i dont want to evict him, but i
cant because he has two smallchildren.
>> princeton university tracksif action requests in courts.
new york, houston, and las vegashad the highest number in the
last few weeks.it will take a while for these
to go into effect, but theprocess has begun.
in dallas, misses compass saysthe owners of her apartment have
been very understanding.but they are no longer forgiving
.>> i called and told them im
taking the money at a certainday.
i have to borrow it.i/o a lot of people money now.
and i trust this month i will beable to pay for it.
>> she says that despite thecrisis, she doesnt forget that
what is most important is herhusbands health and childrens
well-being.>> he is the father of my
children.i cant abandon him.
when he was healthy, he had twojobs.
now even if he wants to help, hecant.
>> rosanna finally submitted anapplication that would give her
up to 18 months of back rent,but she has not been approved
yet.meanwhile, the garcia family has
not received any response fromlocal authorities.
we will be back soon.>> after the break, an officer
involved in a death was letfree.
a recent decision revives thecontroversy over what happened.a trans woman who was in love
and had many dreams died understrange circumstances.
her partner recorded a videothat became viral and was used
in an investigation.from columbia, why the
investigation has only prolongedthe fame of her loved ones.
>> every day, francisco lights acandle and praise for his
girlfriend.it has been a year, but memories
remain in that house.>> we started talking and got
closer and closer.>> what made you fall in love
with her?>> the way she treated me.
>> she was 36 and a transgenderwoman.
she had been with francisco forthree years and in this
apartment for -- in southerncolumbia.
>> she was happy, she was inlove.
>> he said life smiled on him.>> every day was happy when we
were together.first, we wanted to restore our
health -- our house.we had projects.
she also wanted a beauty salon.she worked in that field.
and now, im waiting to see whatdestiny has in store for me.
>> on september 24, last year,destiny took them to a place
they never should have been.that day, close to their house,
they into others went out butleft their ids at home.
when they realized the militarywas there, they went back.
>> this is where we turn back.they never imagined what might
happen.september 24, 2020, in this
place on the highway, giulianaslife ended.
this point is a silent witnessto what happened.
>> out of nowhere, soldiers cameout and started shooting.
they came to this point here andshot.
in a matter of seconds,franciscos life change.
>> my giuliana was dead.there were no signs of life.
>> you killed her.>> in the middle of the chaos,
he took out his cell phone andrecorded everything that was
happening.>> help me.
>> in his mind, the image hasbeen played many times.
>> help me distribute thisvideo.
>> a year later, with the painstill present, he said the video
made his tragedy public.>> they just told her please
spread the video.>> what would have happened if i
hadnt made the video and itwasnt known by the world?
>> francisco said he confrontedthe shoal -- the soldier that
shot and his superiors.he never got an explanation, he
who killed her.>> there were stories i had
argued with them and i had hurtthem verbally and physically.
there are many differentversions.
>> authorities said those in thevehicle had not stopped at a
military checkpoint and the shothad been a warning shot.
media witnesses and otherauthorities say there was no
check point, that the car wasnot a threat, and that they shot
to kill.>> you only shoot when there is
imminent risk.the soldier that shot has a
record of bad behavior, druguse, and shooting.
>> the government acknowledgewhat happened.
>> regarding the incident wherea woman was killed by a shot
from a member of public safety,i want to express my
consternation for what hashappened.
>>>> he said he went throughdifficult times.
>> she remembered that thesoldier is the last in the chain
of command.who is in charge of them?
for me, the responsible peopleare the people who are their
superiors.the soldier faces a trial for
the death, but he was sent home.>> the house still holds
memories.they dont know whether to
restore it, sell it, or tear itdown.
the car still has bullet holes.the military prefers not talking
about the case and less than oneweek ago, a new judge said that
the soldier should go back tojail.
when they went to find him athome, he was not there.
now he is a fugitive.>> how many times have you come
here after a tragedy?>> i have come many times.
ive come by myself, i have satdown and cried, i have lit
cigarettes for her because sheused to smoke.
i pray that her soul can be atpeace.
>> francisco is worried abouthow slow the investigation is
going.>> the truth is i do not want
her death to go unpunished.>> the investigation is not
going how it should.>> he says she will always live
on >> in his heart.>>do you still love her?
>> i still love her.she may not be present.
>> with the former militarymember a fugitive, francisco
says he worries about his life.we will be back.
>> when we return, this youngman changed his life after
overcoming abuse, exploitationand despair.
>> i focused on school and paidattention in class.a young immigrant lived a
nightmare from a very young age.in school, his home, and the
country came to at the age ofthree hoping to escape
adversity, but he found his wayto a family that changed his
life.>> from a very young age, tito
knew he lived in a world wherebeing a child was very
difficult.>> i did not want to go to
school.>> why didnt you want to go to
school?>> because the teachers would
hit you if you didnt learnsomething.
>> they would hit you?>> i was afraid of them, but i
got use to it.thats what the culture is like
there.>> in the midst of need in
guatemala, he helped hisparents.
>> i always worked with them inthe fields, but if i didnt
learn something, i would gethit.
my close world torn and theynever bought anything for me.
>> you eight what you harvested?>> yes.
>> one day, he decided to leaveeverything.
>> i had heard it was verydifficult to cross the desert.
many people died there.>> where there other children?
>> i was the youngest.>> tito said he saw images he
will never forget.>> i saw a pregnant woman and
the people who were with usabandoned her in the desert.
>> the trauma only intensifiedwhen he was sent to tucson.
>> i was 13 years old.i didnt understand what anyone
was saying.>> he speaks and indigenous
language.he did not speak spanish or
english at the time.a friend of his father said he
promised to find him and househim but he changed his mind.
>> thats why i was in thatprogram the longest amount of
time.they were going to put me up for
adoption.no one was interested in me.
>> seven months later, anotherfamily friend interceded and
took him to south carolina towork in the fields.
tito says the work was verydifficult.
>> a friend said open your eyes.they are taking advantage of
you.you should not be working.
you should be going to school.you are a child.
>> he decided to run away again,this time, to florida.
>> i escaped from the person whotook me from arizona.
i got the courage to tell thosepeople here i am.
tell police am here.>> the reality is he had no
protection, no family, no homeand no money until a woman met
him and offered him her home.he lived with her for two
months.>> she said i promised i will
take care of you.the police came and saw what was
happening in the computer andsaid i was a lost child in the
united states.i wanted to escape.
>> for years, the couple becamefoster parents.
they were hoping to adopt andhave taken care of for minors.
they tried adopting one of them,but it did not work.
>> its still hard to talk abouthim.
>> foster parents care forminors temporarily.
people whose guardianship is inthe hands of the government.
they want to adopt one or twobabies, but sometimes destiny
can be capricious.>> they told us about a child
who is 15.thats not what we were looking
for.>> they had had a miscarriage.
>> that child was the same ageas a child we might have had.
♪>> tito came to live in a house,
supposedly for two days.that was the initial agreement.
four years later, he remainswith them.
>> they always supported me,like a father and a mother.
they sent me to therapy becauseof everything that had happened
and that helped me a lot.>> does it feel strange to be
loved?>> at first, it felt odd.
they were very affectionate.my parents, nobody else could
give me that love.>> carlos is 72 and has been
serving the community for 15years, a guardian who was always
there for what i needed.>> he was assigned by the court
to guarantee his well-being.>> if you bring a child from
your house like this, problemsbegin to get resolved because of
the love they get from theirfoster parents.
love is the best medicine ateenager can get.
>> he says that love allows youto harvest accomplishments.
>> what are you studying?>> accounting.
i always paid attention inschool.
when i was in the 11th grade, iwas in an honors class.
i ended up with na.-- with an a.
>> hes defying the statisticsof a small number of children
who graduate.>> he has a message for people
who have lost hope in theteenagers in the foster care
system.>> sometimes we feel bad, we
feel alone.be patient.
give them a chance to live withthem because they can improve.
>> look in my eyes.would you like them to adopt
i think they can adopt me untilim 21.
i feel like im their son andthey are my family.
>> we are willing to adopt him.>> as an older brother, they
still want to adopt one or twobabies.
>> i dont want to leave theirhouse.
>> sometimes he still hasmemories, bad memories of his
parents.>> i love them, they are my
parents.>> in florida, children in the
foster care system are theresponsibility of the government
until they get to age 18.>> but they can stay with their
foster parents until they finishcollege.
its an opportunity titoappreciates and is thankful for.
>>we will see you next time.