More than 14,000 people from Haiti are camping under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. They are waiting to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol.
This past week, tens of thousands of Haitians have joined the U.S. to live with friends and relatives. The government is sending them back home quickly because they are breaking the law by coming in illegally. The U.S. is moving its soldiers to another place in the south called Del Rio to help with the people there, and also to stop Haitians from coming here. This action has been criticized by human rights groups, and some Democrats are against it too.
Three flights are planned for Sunday in the Biden administration, and more may be added in the days ahead, according to a source who took issue with being identified discussing evolving plans. The planes will also fly to Haiti and other South American nations where the migrants had been residing. United States Department of Homeland Security has drawn up a plan, according to which the administration will “speed up the pace and scale” removal flights to Haiti and other nations in the next 72 hours. The number of people on each flight, as well as how individuals would be screened before boarding a flight, were some of the unanswered questions on Saturday.
The White House has temporarily halted deportation flights to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in August, which was followed by a severe tropical storm over weeks of political upheaval. However, the sudden increase in migrant crossings in recent days has prompted it to alter course. The deepening chaos, with thousands of Haitians pouring across the Rio Grande each day in an attempt to reach U.S. soil, has presented a new, pressing problem for the Biden administration, which has been dealing with growing numbers of undocumented migrants at the border for months.
The president who promised to take a more compassionate approach to immigration than the last one, has taken tough measures. But he says that he is doing this in order to stop the influx of Haitians. “Individuals and families are subjected to border restrictions, such as expulsion,” said a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security. “Irregular migration is a serious risk to the health and well-being of border communities and migrant lives alike and should not be attempted.”
Over 14,000 Haitians, many of them carrying mattresses, fruit, diapers, and blankets, have trekked across the ankle-deep Rio Grande and are camping out under a bridge in Mexico while waiting to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol. Some are seeking employment in the United States, while others are fleeing violence or racial subordination.
To relieve the strain on resources, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it had dispatched 400 agents to the Del Rio region and would send more personnel if required.
According to the statement, it is also transferring people to other sections of the border that are presently less inundated than Del Rio, a community of around 35,000 people surrounded by ranch land, thorny brush, and mesquite trees about 150 miles west of San Antonio. Many of the migrants have travelled more than a month by foot and land from Brazil and Chile, where they were granted permission to stay following a 2010 earthquake that devastated the nation. The coronavirus epidemic has wreaked havoc on those countries economies.
Others have gone to the border after coming directly from Haiti a few days or months ago. The resumption of air travel to Haiti follows the Biden administration’s decision to appeal a court ruling blocking the Trump administration’s practice of preventing migrant families from entering the United States, which has been slammed by immigration and human rights advocates for years.
“This administration has spoken a lot about wanting a decent asylum system,” said Lee Gelernt, an ACLU lawyer who was the principal in the litigation against Title 42’s public health policy. “It’s horrible to send out a blanket warning that the border is closed without acknowledging that refugees have no option but to flee and seek safety