US blocks the Mexican border at an isolated Texas town where thousands of Haitian migrants have gathered as officials begin flying some of them back to their homeland
Texas Department of Public Safety officials blocked Haitian refugees from using a small dam to walk into the US as three flights reportedly carrying some of the Haitians depart San Antonio for Port-au-Prince.
Expulsion flightsEarlier on Sunday, the US sent three flights of Haitians taken from Del Rio back to their homeland, and that number is expected to reach at least six per day shortly, according to a US government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not allowed to discuss the issue publicly.
The planes left San Antonio and were expected to arrive Sunday afternoon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.A large number of buses arrived on Sunday in Del Rio, and “many, many more” are coming to transfer Haitians to expulsion flights, US immigration detention centers and Border Patrol holding facilities. Departure cities for Haiti-bound flights have yet to be finalised and are being “actively planned," the official said.
The blockade and deportations marked a swift response to the sudden arrival of Haitians in Del Rio, a Texas city of about 35,000 people roughly 230 kilometers (145 miles) west of San Antonio. It sits on a relatively remote stretch of border that lacks capacity to hold and process such large numbers of people. headtopics.com
At the Port-au-Prince airport on Sunday, about a dozen officials from various Haitian government agencies gathered to meet with the deported Haitians. Public security officials with the Ministry of Justice requested the presence of Haiti’s national police to prevent any potential violence.
A minibus from the International Organization of Migration also was posted at the airport. It was filled with brightly colored bags containing toiletries, hand sanitizer and hair ties.READ MORE: Biden tasks Harris with tackling challenge of migrants on Mexico border
'There is no security in Haiti'Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry wrote on Sunday on Twitter that he is concerned about conditions at the border camp and that the migrants would be welcomed back.“We want to reassure them that measures have already been taken to give them a better welcome upon their return to the country and that they will not be left behind,” he tweeted.
Henry did not provide details about the measures. A Haitian government spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.But another Haitian political leader questioned on Sunday whether the nation could handle an influx of returning migrants and said the government should stop the repatriation. headtopics.com
“We have the situation in the south with the earthquake. The economy is a disaster, (and) there are no jobs,” Election Minister Mathias Pierre said, adding that most Haitians can’t satisfy basic needs. “The prime minister should negotiate with the US government to stop those deportations in this moment of crises.”
Some of the migrants at the Del Rio camp said the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti and the assassination of President Jovenel Moise make them afraid to return to a country that seems more unstable than when they left.“In Haiti, there is no security,” said Fabricio Jean, a 38-year-old Haitian who arrived in Texas with his wife and two daughters. “The country is in a political crisis.”
Scores of people waded back and forth across the Rio Grande on Saturday, re-entering Mexico to purchase water, food and diapers in Ciudad Acuna before returning to the Texas encampment. With that route now blocked, that area of the Mexican city was now deserted.
READ MORE:Who's behind the assassination of the Haitian president?'Unsustainable levels'The US Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday that it moved about 2,000 migrants from the Del Rio camp to other locations on Friday for processing and possible removal. headtopics.com
A statement from the agency also said it would have 400 agents and officers in the area by Monday morning and would send more if necessary.Haitians have been migrating to the US in large numbers from South America for several years, many having left their Caribbean nation after a devastating 2010 earthquake.
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 US border, including through the infamous Darien Gap, a Panamanian jungle.Crowd estimates varied, but Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said on Saturday there were more than 14,500 immigrants at the camp under the bridge.
Migrants pitched tents and built makeshift shelters from giant reeds known as carrizo cane. Many bathed and washed clothing in the river.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 to wait while deciding whether to attempt entry into the US.
The number of Haitian arrivals began to reach unsustainable levels for the Border Patrol in Del Rio about 2 ½ weeks ago, prompting the agency’s acting sector chief, Robert Garcia, to ask headquarters for help, according to a US official who was not authorised to discuss the matter publicly.
Since then, the agency has transferred Haitians in buses and vans to other Border Patrol facilities in Texas, specifically El Paso, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley. They are mostly processed outside of the government's pandemic-related authority, meaning they can claim asylum and remain in the US while their claims are considered.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement makes custody decisions, but families can generally not be held more than 20 days under court order. Read more: TRT World »
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U.S. Ramps Up Plans To Expel Haitian Migrants At Texas BorderThe migrants' Caribbean homeland was recently devastated by an earthquake. The Governor of Texas will hurt them. Get them out of there!! So now Biden will deport them all back to Haiti. He might as well be Trump. Yeah, this is the kinder, gentler Biden administration! Wasn't Harris paraded as one of the boat people?!
U.S. ramps up plan to expel Haitian migrants gathered in TexasLATEST: U.S. to ramp up expulsion flights within the next 3 days for some of the thousands of Haitian migrants gathered under an overpass bridge in Del Rio, Texas , officials say. Why is this never done with White European countries? Why didn’t we send those millions of Hispanics back to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala? Let’s help those asylums find refugee in the USA. POTUS VP OccupyDemocrats TheDemocrats
US Ramps Up Plan To Expel Thousands Of Haitian Migrants Gathered In TexasU.S. President Joe Biden's administration is nearing a final plan to expel many of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have crossed into a Texas border city.
US Ramps Up Plan To Expel Thousands Of Haitian Migrants Gathered In TexasU.S. President Joe Biden's administration is nearing a final plan to expel many of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have crossed into a Texas border... thanks This situation doesn't require police or army to manage. These people like any other living creature looking for a better life are moving to where there's more options to do better for themselves, to guarantee themselves a home & food. Is that too much to ask, accommodate? The brown ones are okay and the black ones are not?
US may fly Haitian migrants home from Texas starting SundayDEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The United States could begin flying some of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have crossed from Mexico into a Texas border camp back to their poverty-stricken homeland on Sunday, hoping to deter others from crossing into the country. Those paper towels are looking better everyday. Why is Mexico allowing this to constantly happen yet we trade with them as if nothing happened Haiti is an island nation. Follow the money…this was a coordinated effort. There is NO WAY this happened without help
US nears plan for widescale expulsions of Haitian migrantsThe Biden administration is nearing a final plan to expel many of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have suddenly crossed into a Texas border city from Mexico and to fly them back to their Caribbean homeland. How many flights do they need for 10,000 migrants? Would have saved everyone a lot of time and money if just told them not to come in the first place. I don’t understand why if we have all these jobs that need to be filled. So be it, time we take of own esp after our Hurricanes, acceptance of Afghan refugees, etc..we have Americans homeless and hungry.