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Official: US will fly 'massive' number of Haitians to Haiti

BREAKING: The Biden administration is planning to send a 'massive' number of migrants from the Texas border to Haiti on flights starting Sunday, a U.S. official said. Plans have not been finalized, but officials are considering five to eight flights a day.

9/18/2021 3:45:00 AM

BREAKING: The Biden administration is planning to send a 'massive' number of migrants from the Texas border to Haiti on flights starting Sunday, a U.S. official said. Plans have not been finalized, but officials are considering five to eight flights a day.

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration plans on “massive movements” of Haiti an migrants in a small Texas border city on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly assembled under and around a bridge.

U.S. authorities closed traffic to vehicles and pedestrians in both directions at the only border crossing in Del Rio, Texas, after chaos unfolded Friday and presented the administration with a new and immediate challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil.

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ADVERTISEMENTU.S. Customs and Border Protection said it was closing the border crossing with Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, “to respond to urgent safety and security needs.” Travelers were being directed to Eagle Pass, Texas, 57 miles (91 kilometers) away.Haitians crossed the Rio Grande freely and in a steady stream, going back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico through knee-deep water with some parents carrying small children on their shoulders. Unable to buy supplies in the U.S., they returned briefly to Mexico for food and cardboard to settle, temporarily at least, under or near the bridge in Del Rio, a city of 35,000 that has been severely strained by migrant flows in recent months.

Migrants pitched tents and built makeshift shelters from giant reeds known as carrizo cane. Many bathed and washed clothing in the river.The vast majority of the migrants at the bridge on Friday were Haitian, said Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens, who is the county’s top elected official and whose jurisdiction includes Del Rio. Some families have been under the bridge for as long as six days. headtopics.com

Trash piles were 10 feet (3.1 meters) wide, and at least two women have given birth, including one who tested positive for COVID-19 after being taken to a hospital, Owens said.ADVERTISEMENTVal Verde County Sheriff Frank Joe Martinez estimated the crowd at 13,700 and said more Haitians were traveling through Mexico by bus.

About 500 Haitians were ordered off buses by Mexican immigration authorities in the state of Tamaulipas, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) south of the Texas border, the state government said in a press release Friday. They continued toward the border on foot.

Haitians have been migrating to the U.S.in large numbersfrom South America for several years, many of them having left the Caribbean nation after a devastating earthquake in 2010. After jobs dried up from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, many made the dangerous trek by foot, bus and car to the U.S. border, including through the

infamous Darien Gap,a Panamanian jungle.It is unclear how such a large number amassed so quickly, though many Haitians have been assembling in camps on the Mexican side of the border, including in Tijuana, across from San Diego, to wait while deciding whether to attempt to enter the United States. headtopics.com

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment. “We will address it accordingly,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on MSNBC.The Federal Aviation Administration, acting on a Border Patrol request, restricted drone flights around the bridge until Sept. 30, generally barring operations at or below 1,000 feet (305 meters) unless for security or law enforcement purposes.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican and frequent critic of President Joe Biden, said federal officials told him migrants under the bridge would be moved by the Defense Department to Arizona, California and elsewhere on the Texas border.Some Haitians at the camp have lived in Mexican cities on the U.S. border for some time, moving often between them, while others arrived recently after being stuck near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, said Nicole Phillips, the legal director for advocacy group Haitian Bridge Alliance. A sense of desperation spread after the Biden administration

of admitting asylum-seeking migrants daily who were deemed especially vulnerable.“People are panicking on how they seek refuge,” Phillips said.Edgar Rodríguez, lawyer for the Casa del Migrante migrant shelter in Piedras Negras, north of Del Rio, noticed an increase of Haitians in the area two or three weeks ago and believes that misinformation may have played a part. Migrants often make decisions on false rumors that policies are about to change and that enforcement policies vary by city.

U.S. authorities are being severely tested after Biden quickly dismantled Trump administration policies that Biden considered cruel or inhumane, most notably one requiring asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while waiting for U.S. immigration court hearings. Such migrants have been exposed to extreme violence in Mexico and faced extraordinary difficulty in finding attorneys. headtopics.com

The U.S Supreme Court last monthlet standa judge’s order to reinstate the policy, though Mexico must agree to its terms. The Justice Department said in a court filing this week that discussions with the Mexican government were ongoing.A pandemic-related order to immediately expel migrants without giving them the opportunity to seek asylum that was introduced in March 2020 remains in effect, but unaccompanied children and many families have been exempt. During his first month in office, Biden chose to exempt children traveling alone on humanitarian grounds.

The U.S. government has been unable to expel many Central American families because Mexican authorities have largely refused to accept them in the state of Tamaulipas, which is across from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.

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On Friday,the administration said it would appeal a judge’s ruling a day earlier that blocked it from applying Title 42, as the pandemic-related authority is known, to any families.Mexico has agreed to take expelled families only from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, creating an opening for Haitians and other nationalities because the U.S. lacks the resources to detain and quickly expel them on flights to their homelands.

In August, U.S. authoritiesstopped migrantsnearly 209,000 times at the border, which was close to a 20-year high even though many of the stops involved repeat crossers because there are no legal consequences for being expelled under Title 42 authority.

People crossing in families were stopped 86,487 times in August, but fewer than one out of every five of those encounters resulted in expulsion under Title 42. The rest were processed under immigration laws, which typically means they were released with a court date or a notice to report to immigration authorities.

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Bulls¥^. . . They are being sent into the interior of North America. At least that’s where the vast majority will end up. Most of these migrants coming from Chile & Brazil (NOT HAITI) will be in Miami by month's end. 'Haitians have been freed on a “very, very large scale” in recent days, according to one U.S. official who put the figure in the thousands.'

They slaughtered all the white people in their country. Why are they coming here? Don’t they a have a racist free utopia there? So tired of black of people. whole race is just epic fail they are too proud to admit they lost fell so far behind not realizing that it's because they are weak inferior they were oppressed in the first place. Imagine if white slavers were met with machine guns instead of Spears

Anyone who cares, feel free to respond to this: If you're an American opposed to these deportations - do you believe that you as an American have a RIGHT to go live in Haiti? Asking seriously. I am so disgusted with our Government! Bomb innocents and spend ungodly amounts of money to return Haitians to squalor. Those videos of Border Patrol were henious. I am NOT proud of America.

Instead of helping these people, the US has decided to fly these back instead of trying to help. I guess those words on the Statue of Liberty do not apply to all people ☹ The US doesn’t want Haitians, Mexico doesn’t want Haitians, Dominican Republic doesn’t want Haitians, is not because “oh they are black therefore we are not letting them in” , a lot of you never look at the broad picture, we need to fix Haiti!

We’ve never seen this kinda shit before. But we’ve never seen black people immigrating in this way. So it’s what to be expected from the good ole U.S. of A. ThisIsAmerica Hmmm... I guess SOME black lives matter but not all. What about historic and moral debt? This is pretty hypocritical, I think. This is how they repay! The people of 🇭🇹 American would of been speaking French if it wasn’t for🇭🇹. But it’s not in the US history books.

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disgusting LAW AND ORDER If it was Trump, the media would be bashing him into the wall for months. Such inhumanity! What did we elect JoeBiden btw? That sucks as a solution. Where is my 40 Acres Ground them planes until Reparations are paid 😤😤😤😤 Despicable cruelty Oh dear 🙆! This is bad. Why, the American is big for everyone 🤷?

They had 1 million more deaths than expected since March 2020. So they should be grateful people, and younger people coming to replace the population loss I'm so glad the good rapist won

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good thing everyone voted blue no matter who The conditions are deplorable. The racism is so thick in the air you could slice it with a knife. The Haitians are being mistreated. They are being denied food and only given water. They are not allowed to change their clothes or tend to their personal hygiene.

How many years has our govt ignored the crisis of poverty in the Western Hemisphere? When will we see that trade and foreign policy that lifts up the PEOPLE of CE America & Haiti is in our best interest How did they get here Funny as hell to read the liberial replies days before Biden loaded hundreds onto planes going back to Haiti… he made an “example” out of them. Bet tomorrow they want out of the camp and back into Mexico! 😂😂😂

I wonder why okayyyy.... but what if they do not want to go back? Looks to me like there's enough people to overwhelm border patrol. Don't think they are letting anyone send them back. Blue cities would be a great destination for this community that follows Catholic dogma. Perfect This is getting ridiculous.. send them the f*ck back.

Isn't this racist? When Democrats do shit like this it really feeds into the doomer idea that Democrats & Republicans are the same. We shouldn’t be needlessly deporting people. We have plenty of room here.

Official: US will fly 'massive' number of Haitians to HaitiJUST IN: A U.S. official says the Biden administration is planning “massive movements” of Haiti an migrants in a small Texas border town on flights to Haiti starting Sunday. What will they do in Haiti? Why?! They let those from south America in why not them? Sounds racist JoeBiden PressSec KamalaHarris SecMayorkas Another BidenShitShow

So all those poor Haitians that are in Mexico &Central America have thousands of dollars to pay for bus trips to just ONE specific Texas border town and entry-NOT other states- NOT other entries-just one. Who paid for their buses?Who told them they would get into US?GOP/Abbott Hum, I wonder. Did the Afghans get tested and vaxed for covid?😷🤒

The Biden administration is planning to *continue Trump era policies and deport* a 'massive' number if migrants to Haiti. Fixed it for you. To 🇭🇹 ? SMH. How are you going to send migrants to a country like 🇭🇹? This can't be true. 🤔🤔 Sick ass country. Smh. They can house Afghan refugees and Mexican but can't do the same for Black people from Haiti. Smh

But the Central Americans were fine to come in 🙃 La falta de humanidad del gobierno de EEUU ante la situación en Haiti es deplorable. hmm... i wonder if they've come up with a word for that. BS! You mean from Texas to deep into the interior of the United States!

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JoeBiden is NOT my president. racistpolicies any questions? Democrats & Republicans are 2 sides of the same coin. ' Biden Administration want to deport Haitian Migrants but Afghanis ( who will check white on immigration forms) with potential terrorist ties are welcome to America. Yo Kamala Harris I thought you said this country was not racist. FOH ' - BlackTwitter

Hopefully we could help those people live better lives who cares about their color While flying Afghan refugees into the country and rolling of the USA red carpet! To those who say we don’t need Government government picks the winners and losers! Anywhere but the USA. Haitians don't matter to Biden, IdentityPolitics at play ...

jamiedupree Why? Just why? Why is this a good idea? Let them stay

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See the difference. I do. We sure do have a lot of people in planes lately. In from Afghanistan, out, supposedly, to other countries. None of them vaccinated of course. BillFOXLA How can we believe they will be flown back and not sent all over thru America. They came from Central America where they have been living for yrs. They don’t have ties to that island.

The same Haiti the UN brought cholera to and never provided any reparations…the same Haiti systematically destabilized by western governments since their successful overthrow of their enslavers…there will be a payday, justice is a divine expression POTUS secretary of DHS Majorca so there is a welcome and processing from people who have the complexion for the protection but not from Haitians.

GURL DID YALL FORGET THAT THE WORD DEPORTATION EXISTS? I don’t understand how someone who has been in South America has completely crossed Mexico, and is insistent to com to US. The boarder is the dangerous part of Mexico. There are many safe and pleasant towns throughout Mexico, why not stay there? Mexican migrants don’t get sent back to Mexico and Cubans don’t get sent back to Cuba, but Haitian migrants get returned to Haiti?

Thousands of Haitian migrants converge on Texas border townDEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Thousands of Haiti an migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in a small Texas border town, presenting the Biden administration with a new and chaotic challenge Friday as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. Ah, Bill and Hillary will provide them with a warm welcome, paid for by the Clinton Foundation.....oh, wait. I want to come with you boiiiszzz!!! Settle them in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North, and South Dakota. This is a country founded my immigrants. Come one, come all! 🤣🤣🤣 “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” 👍👍😁😁

Bullshit Looks like he is ok with immigrants to enter the US as long as they aren’t black. Could’ve swore that Haiti was a paradise due to them killing and driving out the White man why they wanna come here it’s racist here? Fox10Ellen Who pays! This is not a surprise. Historically the US has treated Haitian refugees with absolutely no regard for human rights! They are fleeing a third world country due to natural disasters, lack of basic resources such as food, shelter and health care!

Hypocrisy. Wasn't Trump the devil and Biden the messiah or something like that? I'm sure some of those grief stricken blacks are asking where are those black lives matters guys to help them out.. where oh where are those blm leaders or is it no fun for them to be expected to really work anything out hashtag blm snatch 'n grab😐

How the hell did they ever get there in the first place? Invite them and they will come. If Trump was deporting them you'd all be having a hissy fit.

Instead of deporting Haitians we should be airlifting people out of there. Shame on you POTUS VP AliMayorkas and the whole disgusting rest of you for (again) crumbling to racists and breaking your promise to those of us who worked so hard to put you in power. This is sickening The US should have considered aiding Haiti’s domestic economy further so they can feel better about themselves trafficking migrants to a country with a higher unemployment rate than that of US. Don’t we have a labor shortage or is the United States short on resources too?

It’s time to flip the game upside down. ShiftThePower Immigration moratorium now! Donors are needed to help these people Yo StephenM are you not entertained? This is horrific. This administration is demented. genarolozano Wait... what?! Biden is planning to use the same mass airlift strategy used to bring white Afghans refugees into the country to ship massive numbers Haitian asylum seekers out of the country? Is Biden suffering from 'empathy burnout' now that the faces of the needy are black.

Well I don’t see what’s wrong with this?

Send them back…there’s more Haitians under the bridge than the population of Del Rio.. our border was shut down! Send them back! Lmao AOC This incompetent administration should *never* have suspended the flights to begin with. Look what happened. In the span of just 8 days you had thousands of illegal immigrants violate our border requirements, break the law, & come into this country. The word got out that quickly.

I'm not that cool with illegal immigration, but I still have some empathy. I can't see sending anybody to Haiti. I hope they give the NGOs a heads up so someone can offer food/shelter at the airport. It's just really bad there right now. POTUS Send them back! Finally addressing part of the problem....how about closing the border now and let people enter our country legally again. Countries need borders!!!!!

EdAsante77 Guessing the Biden admin will then claim the emergency airlift a massive, unprecedented success, to solve an emergency they created? Are emergency airlifts going to be considered “infrastructure” soon?

Under a bridge in Texas? 🥶🥶🥶🥶🥶🩸 Who is in charge….? Rogue general,needs to go to jail You bomb the wrong target You killed our kids, now you killed theirs 🥸🥸🥸who is in charge of Our country? ANYONE🙋‍♂️🤷‍♀️🤦🏻🕵🏿👀🤬🤬🥸😡SHAME Bullshit. Utter bullshit. This isn’t what I voted for. Sheriff Frank Joe Martinez of Val Verde County, Texas, estimated the crowd of migrants at 13,700. Haitians have been migrating to the U.S. in large numbers from South America for several years, after a devastating earthquake in 2010.

I mean she told yall Biden = Trump 2.0 wbaltv11 Put the Biden administration on those flights!! Vacation? This is BAD. Wtf do we do about this 🙄 Geez....there is little or no hope for the Haitian people right now. That's why these migrants left in the first place

Good Why only send Haitians back? Where’s the outrage? What about the children?