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Officials: Many Haitian migrants are being released in US

Haitian migrants camped in a Texas border town are being released in the United States on a 'very, very large scale,' undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion, U.S. officials say.

9/22/2021 7:16:00 AM

Haiti an migrants camped in a Texas border town are being released in the United States on a 'very, very large scale,' undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion, U.S. officials say.

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haiti an migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States , two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion.

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion.

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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. The official, with direct knowledge of operations who was not authorized to discuss the matter Tuesday and thus spoke on condition of anonymity

Many have been released with notices to appear at an immigration office within 60 days, an outcome that requires less processing time from Border Patrol agents than ordering an appearance in immigration court and points to the speed at which authorities are moving, the official said.

The Homeland Security Department has been busing Haitians from Del Rio to El Paso, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley along the Texas border, and this week added flights to Tucson, Arizona, the official said. They are processed by the Border Patrol at those locations.

ADVERTISEMENTA second U.S. official, also with direct knowledge and speaking on the condition of anonymity, said large numbers of Haitians were being processed under immigration laws and not being placed on expulsion flights to Haiti that started Sunday. The official couldn’t be more specific about how many.

U.S. authorities scrambled in recent days for buses to Tucson but resorted to flights when they couldn’t find enough transportation contractors, both officials said. Coast Guard planes took Haitians from Del Rio to El Paso.The releases in the U.S. were occurring despite the signaling of a massive effort to expel Haitians on flights to Haiti under pandemic-related authority that denies migrants an opportunity to seek asylum. A third U.S. official not authorized to discuss operations said there were seven daily flights to Haiti planned starting Wednesday.

Accounts of wide-scale releases - some observed at the Del Rio bus station by Associated Press journalists - are at odds with statements a day earlier by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who traveled to Del Rio to promise swift action.“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned, your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life,” he said at a Monday news conference.

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The releases come amid a quick effort to empty the camp under a bridge that, according to some estimates, held more than 14,000 people over the weekend in a town of 35,000 people. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, during a visit Tuesday to Del Rio, said the county’s top official told him the most recent tally at the camp was about 8,600 migrants.

The criteria for deciding who is flown to Haiti and who is released in the U.S. was unclear, but two U.S. officials said single adults were the priority for expulsion flights.ADVERTISEMENTThe Homeland Security Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Mexico has begun busing and flying Haitian migrants away from the U.S. border, authorities said Tuesday, signaling a new level of support for the United States as the camp presented President Joe Biden with a humanitarian and increasingly political challenge.

The White House is facing sharp bipartisan condemnation. Republicans say Biden administration policies led Haitians to believe they would get asylum. Democrats are expressing outrage after images went viral this week of Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics against the migrants.

Mexico has helped at key moments before. It intensified patrols to stop unaccompanied Central American children from reaching the Texas border in 2014, allowed tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration courts in 2019 and, just last month, began deporting Central American migrants to Guatemala after the Biden administration flew them to southern Mexico.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign relations secretary, said Tuesday he had spoken with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, about the Haitians’ situation. Ebrard said most of the Haitians already had refugee status in Chile or Brazil and weren’t seeking it in Mexico.

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“What they are asking for is to be allowed to pass freely through Mexico to the United States,” Ebrard said.Two Mexican federal officials, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed Mexico’s actions.One of the officials said three busloads of migrants left Acuña on Tuesday morning for Piedras Negras, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) down the border, where they boarded a flight to the southern city of Villahermosa in the state of Tabasco.

The other official said there was a flight Monday from the northern city of Monterrey to the southern city of Tapachula near the Guatemala border. Tapachula is home to the largest immigrant detention center in Latin America. The flight carried about 100 migrants who had been picked up around the bus station in Monterrey, a hub for various routes north to the U.S. border.

The second official said the plan was to move to Tapachula all Haitians who already solicited asylum in Mexico.The Haitian migrants who are already in Mexico’s detention centers and have not requested asylum will be the first to be flown directly to Haiti once Mexico begins those flights, according to the official.

Around Ciudad Acuña, Mexican authorities were stepping up efforts to move migrants away from the border. There were detentions overnight by immigration agents and raids on hotels known to house migrants.“All of a sudden they knocked on the door and (yelled) ‘immigration,’ ‘police,’ as if they were looking for drug traffickers,” said Freddy Registre, a 37-year-old Venezuelan staying at one hotel with his Haitian wife, Vedette Dollard. The couple was surprised at midnight.

Authorities took four people plus others who were outside the hotel, he said. “They took our telephones to investigate and took us to the immigration offices, took our photos,” Registre said. They were held overnight but finally were given their phones back and released. Authorities gave them two options: leave Mexico or return to Tapachula.

On Tuesday afternoon, they decided to leave town. They bought tickets for a bus ride to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, planning to continue to Tapachula where they had already applied for asylum.Others left without being told. Small groups arrived at Ciudad Acuña’s bus station to buy tickets to Veracruz, Monterrey and Mexico City. The same bus lines prohibited from selling them tickets for rides north through Mexico, sold them tickets to head south without issue.

In Haiti, dozens of migrants upset about being deported from the U.S. tried to rush back into a plane that landed Tuesday afternoon in Port-au-Prince as they yelled at authorities. A security guard closed the plane door in time as some deportees began throwing rocks and shoes at the plane. Several of them lost their belongings in the scuffle as police arrived. The group was disembarking from one of three flights scheduled for the day.

___Verza reported from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, and Spagat from San Diego. Associated Press writers Mark Stevenson in Mexico City, Felix Marquez in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Evens Sanon from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Michael Balsamo in Washington, Michael R. Sisak in New York and Tammy Webber in Fenton, Michigan, also contributed to this report.

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Wow that’s a big mistake GOPLeader Could WE PLEASE FIND A WAY TO STOP THIS IMMIGRATION SURGE? WHAT ARE THE REPUBLICANS F---ING DOING ABOUT IT? NOTING CLOSE TO ENOUGH!! How did Haitians who live 2000 miles away get to the Texas border hmm...! USRepLong Can someone explain their path? How’d they get to Mexico in the first place? Seems like the Haiti-Cuba-Florida path would be simpler. Are these folks that had already left the island and now they’re movving again? If not, how are so many folks getting to Mexico?

So JimCrowJoe amd company are lying yet again and we are not a soverign country with actual borders. Hello. They only know how to lie!!! Our country is the best -capitalism does work gives freedoms choices- providing employment people want to come live here I feel for all of those people but this is WRONG invading this way-what a disaster! when is the president going to wake up! Harris is a Joke

Billy Long said that attempted rape is a 'Kiss on the forehead' Meanwhile people are waiting in line the right way Yeah, Expulsion Accross the USA

US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from TexasThe U.S. is flying Haiti ans camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and trying to block others from crossing the border from Mexico Never visit these 10 Countries in 2021😱🧐 thanks

GOPLeader Stop this insanity! Fight and send em back. Suspicious. Where are Hispanics and other South Americans that try to get into U.S. They don't qualify for amnesty these are economic migrants. Why are they being allowed in? Hey all u moderate voters that thought the dems were the party of competency guess your finding out they’re not so great after all. Just think illegals are their core competency. Great job Kamala. What the hell do you actually do to improve the life of honest legal citizens

Your factless gossip ridden news article is going to cause another surge... Homland is dumping the in country not deportation Better recheck this story. I believe it’s not completely accurate. Because the Biden Administration lied…

Haitian journey to Texas border starts in South AmericaTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Robins Exile downed a traditional meal of plantains and chicken at a restaurant run by Haiti an immigrants, just a short walk from the walled border with the United States . He arrived the night before and went there seeking advice: Should he try to get to the U.S., or was it better to settle in Mexico? I want to start a new party! The OPP- Other People's Party! Made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Poor People, People Of Color, with the American's best interest at heart not the wealthy & corporate America! Void of dark $ & funded by The People no Corporate dark $! So they flew to South America and ended up in Del Rio, Texas. 12000 people did this. 12k. Weird. Go somewhere else.

Words of this “open doors” & release reached the 10000 additional Haitians that are currently crossing into Darien Gap from Colombia’s port-town. Soon millions of poor people will be crossing the Rio Grande unchallenged Just another lie! As long as people keep accepting his lies and the media does not hold any Democrat responsible for the lies they will never stop! This country is worse off in 9 months than I have seen in 6 years.

Biden’s America! Let them stay, help them integrate, they came all this way for a better quality of life. If the administration would treat them like this theyd treat us the same if they could. Demand individual rights be respected and put an end to government overreach The Invasion has begun and is real. PrisonPlanet kelley_matleigh RealCandaceO IngrahamAngle seanhannity

Need to just leave them under the bridge. They decided to be there - hope they brought money to survive because they don’t deserve anything free - UNLESS THEY ARE LEGAL CITIZENS OF THE USA. This is a problem that we must find a solution to. Idk what that will be,but we must do something. I propose a full invasion,occupation&rebuilding of everything from Puerto Rico to C. America. All of the Caribbean &Central America shld become part of the USA. Any better ideas

So where is Trump's wall in this section of the border? I just do not see it! GOPLeader Not the Texas border - Bakersfield, Ca - McCarthy's district

US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from TexasThe U.S. is flying Haiti ans camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and trying to block others from crossing the border from Mexico I honestly feel bad for these desperate people. Where are all the Christians who are supposed to help the poor? We need to help their country. What a Shit Show! Thanks Joe! FJB Drama by the pigs

AnnCoulter Bidenville! 2 anonymous sources, unverified, and “very very large” and “many” in terms of quantitative details. Is this how they teach journalism now? Good! We could use more Hatians, they're delightful people! How much to hire one to take the trash out and rub my feet? GOPLeader PuertoRico economy AOC I mean might as well right?

GOPLeader No one cares if yhey go back or stay except the GOP AnnCoulter I hope none of them were misgendered!! Ugh😟 GOPLeader Not surprising the Biden Administration has been lying to us since the inauguration! Maybe we should start a list: NO AMERICANS WILL BE LEFT IN AFGHANISTAN, I AM FLYING THE ILLEGAL ALIENS BACK TO 🇭🇹, ONLY PEOPLE MAKING OVER 400k will see an increase

Outrage As Biden Administration Rapidly Deports Haitian Migrants From Texas BorderBorder Patrol agents were filmed on horseback whipping ropes at Haiti an refugees attempting to cross into the U.S. But Trump... Sad Last roundup, Haitian style!

GOPLeader According to some in the Biden admin if your a USA citizen, not vaxxed your'e a murderer, yet they are inviting and releasing literally over a million of unvaxxed people in our communities. Why are they trying to kill citizens? Or are they lying about Covid? GOPLeader How did they get to Texas from HAITI

Biden thinks they are on vacation and not planning to stay that long Victory 🙏✊. Theses illegals will be in all US towns soon, but you have to remember the Democratic’s want more crime and killings, it’s part of their agenda. I’m sure they are all vaccinated 😳🙄 Anybody reporting on how they’re getting here from Haiti?

ElectionWiz They're going with the expedient route of just doing what they're doing with all of these illegals; this is why they keep coming here by the thousands! Because they know they'll be bused/flown out all over the country. This is a dereliction of duty by the WH! Biden is breaking the law and his oath Impeach him

Just call it “Kamalaville”.

Haitian migrants in Texas worry as deportations begin: 'I'll die in Haiti' Haiti ans who fled their country following the 2010 earthquake are being flown back to the island; some fear for their lives given the lack of security in the impoverished nation. So much for a free country why dont they start building the wall again Let them stay...we made accommodations for the Afghans! Is this a race thing? Yahoo Try entering the legal way and we will consider keeping you. How did you get from Haiti to Mexico in the first place? Who paid for that trip?

ElectionWiz Traveled from an island if Haiti 🇭🇹, to Mexico 🇲🇽, to wait under a bridge to cross the border at United States 🇺🇸... That's just really odd! 🤔 alexplitsas davidfrum This shouldn't happen. davidfrum Good 👍 Did they receive their Kamala Harris book? So JoeBiden and JenPsaki are lying? Where is KamalaHarris ? BidenBorderCrisis Haiti DelRioBridge Texas

What does the Law say should happen in that situation. Is he following the LAW. The Legislative Branch makes laws. Spinning for Biden as usual Mellecon How do people with no money get from Haiti to Texas? Tell me democrats are in power without telling me democrats are in power

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You telling me JoeBiden lied... Really... Where's TheJusticeDept ? So We readers are in the unfortunate position to make a decision on whether to trust your judgment about the credibility of the “anonymous sources” you’re quoting. This is not going to end well. I see a civil war. Bus them to washington white house

Can't find the part where it explains why Haitians are less deserving of immigration AnnCoulter Whose ‘releasing’ them if it’s a closed border? I don't want them here it's not fair to the people in the USA who now have to foot the bill for them starving and homeless American people on the street and these losers will get everything without having contributed any taxes to uncle Sam disgusting

Good AnnCoulter

We all knew this would happen. Look what he’s done in 9 months. Can you even begin to imagine what our country will look like in 3 more years? We won’t recognize it as America we used to know and love. I would hope children not just sent on their way. I can’t believe I’m reading this from the . Is this a real account? 🤔 FakeNews JournalismIsDead

AnnCoulter “…undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements…” = they lied to us. Why doesn't Texas just build a wall? There's enough oil money there to finance it. The Democrats are going to pay for this BIG TIME. A bunch of people talking under “anonymity”. Forget that some of these Haitian immigrants will have a case for asylum in this country. What a horrendous bias reporting on your part.

They lied what a surprise now they have more democrats voters in red states Weird. Same authors. Did someone threaten the AP that these people are being relocated to the Hampton’s and Martha’s Vineyard?

It is what happens when the prior administration failed to do its job and when Congress, both parties failed to do their job. Lazy yet paid. Who gives a fuck?! They’re willing to work… unlike some Americans 👀 I love when people use very descriptive words like “very very large” I mean….clearly they’re telling the truth

Border Patrol is mostly Latinos. Head guy Mayorkas is Latino.Which is why you'll probably never see Latinos being treated this way. Still trying to figure out why they picked Texas The treatment that Texas border agents did on the Haitians in uncalled for and inhumane. we really only need one media company

Biden throwing the border wide open I can stay anonymous and tell your reporters that D Trump is Putins brother too.. report that?

The people who really really really didn’t want to believe anonymous sources for the last 4 years sure lean right in now, huh? There's criteria to be refugees. We all know that. Your reporting makes it sound subjective. Keep them in tExAs and register them as democrats Didnt WhiteHouse say they're spending money to send them back to Haiti and spending money to make sure they're stable in Haiti?