Freeing Haitian Migrants in US Despite Deportation Order, Officials Reveal

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Freeing Haitian Migrants in US Despite Deportation Order, Officials Reveal
  • Although the order is to deport them, they are freeing Haitian migrants within the United States.
  • Two officials revealed that thousands of Haitian migrants are being released in Texas.
  • More than 10,000 undocumented Haitians were under a bridge in Texas.

The order was clear, but it seems that it is not being followed in its entirety. A couple of officials revealed that thousands of Haitian migrants are being released into the United States, although the order that the national government has given is to deport them to their country of origin immediately.

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The AP news agency reported that many Haitian migrants who were camping in a small Texas border town are being released into the United States, according to what two U.S. officials said on Tuesday, despite public statements by the government of President Joe Biden that asked for thousands of people settled in the area to face immediate expulsion or deportation.

They are releasing Haitian migrants

Migrants, many of them from Haiti, wade through the Rio Grande (or Rio Grande) between the United States and Mexico on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)

Haitians have been released “on a very, very large scale” in recent days, according to an official who put the number in the thousands. The source, with direct knowledge of the operations, spoke on condition of anonymity because it was not authorized to discuss the matter in public.

Many have been left free with a notice to go to an immigration office within 60 days, a solution that requires less processing time for Border Patrol agents than ordering an appearance before an immigration court, and aims for speed. with which the authorities are moving, the official told AP.

They assure that they are releasing Haitian migrants to process them according to the laws

Two Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, on Monday, September 20, 2021 to avoid being deported by the United States. (AP Photo / Félix Márquez)

The Department of Homeland Security has been busing Haitians from Del Rio to El Paso, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley, along the Texas border, and this week included flights to Tucson, Arizona, the source explained. . The migrants are being processed by the Border Patrol at those points.

A second official, also with direct knowledge of the matter and who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that a large number of Haitians were being processed under immigration law and were not boarding the deportation flights to Haiti that began Sunday. The official could not be more specific regarding the figure.

They are releasing Haitian migrants despite efforts to deport them

are releasing Haitian migrants
Migrants, many of them from Haiti, seen at a camp next to the Del Rio International Bridge, near the Rio Grande River, on September 21, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)

In recent days, US authorities scrambled to find buses to Tucson, but turned to flights after failing to find enough transportation contractors, both officials said. Coast Guard planes flew the Haitians from Del Rio to El Paso.

The releases in the United States came despite indications of a massive effort to expel Haitians on flights to their country under the authority stemming from the pandemic that denies migrants the opportunity to seek asylum. A third official not authorized to discuss the operation in public said there are scheduled to be seven daily flights to Haiti starting Wednesday.

Although they approved the deportation, they are freeing Haitian migrants in the US

Haitian migrants bathe and wash their clothes on the banks of the Rio Grande after crossing into the United States from Mexico, on Saturday, September 18, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo / Eric Gay)

The accounts of mass releases – some witnessed by reporters from The Associated Press at the Del Rio bus station – are the opposite of the statements made the day before by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, who traveled to the city to promise a quick answer.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be deported, your trip will not be successful and you will be putting your life and that of your family in danger,” Mayorkas said at a press conference on Monday, the aforementioned news agency recalled.

It is not clear how they decide who to release and who to deport

A Haitian migrant boards a chartered plane on Monday, September 20, 2021, at San Antonio International Airport. (AP Photo / Darren Abate)

The releases come amid a swift operation to empty the camp under a bridge that, by some estimates, over the weekend housed more than 14,000 people in a city of 35,000. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott noted in a visit to Del Rio Tuesday that he was told by the county’s top authority that the settlement’s most recent count was about 8,600 people.

The criteria for deciding who is deported to Haiti and who is free on US soil were unclear, but the two officials noted that the priority for removal flights was adults arriving alone. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to an AP request for comment late Tuesday.

Texas asked Biden to declare a state of emergency

TEXAS BORDER CRISIS
Photo: AP

Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked President Joe Biden on Monday to declare a state of emergency in that region due to the crisis in the border town of Del Rio. “Your disability [de Biden] to enforce immigration laws and stop illegal crossings at a dam on federal property created a desperate situation on the Texas-Mexico border, ”Abbott said.

In the letter Sent to the president and made public by the governor himself, Abbott pointed out that the situation in the camp under the international bridge that connects Del Río and Ciudad Acuña (Mexico) has worsened in recent years. journeys with the arrival of thousands of migrants, mostly Haitians.

The governor’s petition for the border crisis

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Photo: Twitter

“I request an emergency declaration for the state of Texas as a result of the current border crisis, which continues to escalate as evidenced by the dire situation in Val Verde County,” the conservative governor wrote.

Some 13,000 migrants have been held in recent days in a makeshift camp by the United States immigration authorities under the aforementioned international bridge, the newspaper reported. The Washington Times.

Border crisis in Texas

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Photo: Twitter

In his petition, Abbott explained that the families detained there, including infants and children, “need food, water and medical supplies that the local government cannot supply.” “Thousands of families are held there at about 40 degrees Celsius temperature while their number continues to increase” while waiting for their immigration procedures to be managed, he stressed.

“The state of Texas is doing more than any other state to protect the border, but more is needed,” the Republican governor said in the letter to President Biden. In that letter, Abbott indicated that the population of Del Río is about 35,000 people, so the city “is not equipped to handle so many migrants.”

Dangerous situation”

DANGER
Photo: AP

In addition, the governor pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic makes the situation “even more dangerous”, since he has not been provided with clear information on whether the migrants have received the vaccine or if they have undergone tests.

The United States began this Sunday to deport dozens of Haitians held in the makeshift camp under the bridge and transferred others to different parts of the border, such as Eagle Pass, about 90 kilometers to the southeast.

They launch warning

WARNING
Photo: AP

The Secretary of National Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, visited the affected area on Monday and assured that his intention is to increase the capacity of the three daily deportation flights to Port-au-Prince, the capital of that Caribbean nation.

The Government insisted on Monday that migrants who arrive at the southern border of the country illegally will be “returned” to their nations of origin, after the massive crossing in recent days. “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. His trip will not be successful and he will put his life and that of his family in danger, ”Mayorkas said at a press conference in Del Río (Texas). For more details visit this note.

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