- DHS reveals plan to deport thousands of undocumented immigrants.
- The plan seeks to accelerate the deportation of thousands.
- These people are at risk of being deported.
DHS reveals plan to deport thousands of undocumented immigrants and accelerates the process. This Saturday, Biden’s government reminded migrants that its borders “are not open” and announced a plan to increase the number of deportation flights.
The flights are directed mainly to Haiti, after the massive arrival of citizens of this Caribbean country to Del Río (Texas) from Mexico, Efe points out. “The Biden Administration reiterates that our borders are not open and that people should not make the dangerous journey,” said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a release.
DHS immediately implements plan to deport thousands of undocumented immigrants
DHS confirmed its strategy “to accelerate the pace and increase the capacity of deportation flights to Haiti and other destinations in the hemisphere within the next 72 hours.” In addition to the Caribbean country, the US is making regular removal and deportation flights to other places.
Mexico, Ecuador and the countries of the Northern Triangle will also be receiving deportation flights for thousands of immigrants. On the other hand, the government agency in charge of immigration to the United States explained that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Coast Guard have coordinated in the last hours to transfer people who are camping in Del Rio.
DHS presents plan to deport thousands of undocumented immigrants
They are taking the immigrants to other entry points into the country, such as Eagle Pass, about 100 kilometers away. Only this Friday they transferred 2,000 migrants, according to DHS itself. With these measures, the Biden government seeks to discourage the massive influx of immigrants.
Especially, Haitian citizens to US territory. About 13,000 undocumented immigrants, mostly Haitians, are being held by US immigration authorities in a makeshift camp, Efe points out.
DHS prepares to deport thousands of illegal immigrants
This camp is located under the international bridge that connects Del Río (Texas) with Ciudad Acuña (Mexico). Migrants have been crossing into the United States since last Tuesday and have overwhelmed immigration authorities.
For this reason, they have improvised the camp while waiting to process asylum applications. The slowness in processing these requests, however, has caused the camp to grow, since the arrival of new immigrants does not stop, Efe points out.
Possible humanitarian emergency on the border
To address this situation, CBP will dispatch an additional 400 agents and officials to the Del Rio sector in order to handle those requests with greater speed. The undocumented are sleeping rough and lack basic services.
These conditions threaten to create a new humanitarian emergency on the southern border, Efe points out. The climate that is breathed this Saturday in the hot Del Rio is one of frustration after the announcement of the US Administration to increase the number of deportation flights to Haiti.
Strike for undocumented immigrants at the border
After this announcement, a volunteer who requested the anonymity of the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition, the only organization in the area that helps migrants in an irregular situation, told Efe that the news has felt “like a slap in the face” among Haitians .
“Those who have already managed to cross breathe easy, but they feel bad for the compatriots who are still under the bridge,” said this volunteer, while advising some of the Haitians at the local bus station, according to Efe.
They see Biden’s decision on immigrants “inconceivable”
For her part, the campaign director of the We Are Home organization, Bridgette Gomez, explained to Efe that the return to Haiti for these migrants at this time is “inconceivable”, because the country “is experiencing a political crisis and growing violence ”.
One of the approximately 13,000 migrants who was in the makeshift camp in Del Rio, Clemént Paris, hopes that “God help” his Haitian compatriots to avoid deportation. “The government there (Haiti) does not want to work nor does it want to help us. All the money goes to your pocket, ”Paris lamented in statements to Efe, when he was waiting for a bus heading to San Antonio (Texas).
Some immigrants ‘will find it’ more difficult
Paris, who is traveling with his daughter and his wife, has been one of the few Haitians who in recent hours have been able to enter the United States after being held in the Del Río detention center. The worst luck will be for those who arrived in Texas in the last two days.
This is due to the fact that Biden’s new measures aim to rapidly reduce the number of migrants in that camp with flights back to Haiti. The co-founder and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, Guerline Jozef, pointed out to Efe in a statement that she is “totally incredulous” in the face of Biden’s latest movements.
Biden accused of causing “pain continuously to another friend”
“Hours after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Biden issued a statement saying that the United States was a ‘friend’ of Haiti. A friend does not continually inflict pain on another friend, ”Jozef stressed. The migrants have been crossing into the United States since Tuesday.
This has overwhelmed the immigration authorities, who have improvised the camp while waiting to process asylum applications. The Republican opposition has already identified Biden as responsible for the situation on the border, who this Friday ordered the temporary closure of border bridges in Del Río.
US emergency closes border bridges
The United States also closed a second border bridge, called the Amistad Dam, located on the outskirts of the city. Washington ordered to divert all the traffic that normally uses these two bridges to the crossing in Eagle Pass, bordering Piedras Negras (Mexico) and about 57 miles (almost 100 kilometers) east of Del Río.
“The Del Rio port of entry has been temporarily closed and traffic is being diverted from Del Rio to Eagle Pass to manage resources more effectively and ensure an uninterrupted flow of trade and travel,” the statement read.
US sends back thousands of undocumented immigrants
The government said that moving people from Del Rio to other processing locations would ensure “that irregular migrants are quickly detained and processed, and removed from the United States in accordance with our laws and policies,” according to DHS itself.
“The Administration is working with the countries of origin and transit in the region to accept people who previously resided in those countries,” says the missive. “DHS is taking urgent humanitarian action with other relevant federal, state and local partners to reduce overcrowding and improve conditions for migrants on US soil.”
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