DEL RIO, Texas (AP) – There were no immigrants left at a Texas border camp on Friday. Some 15,000 people (mostly Haitians) had gathered there a few days ago in search of asylum.
Last Saturday, the border between Del Rio, Texas, and Ciudad Acunya, Mexico, saw a dramatic shift as migrants sparked an uproar of misinformation about the Biden administration’s policies and social media.
At a news conference, Mayor Delrio Beno Rossano called it “wonderful news”.
Security concerns and social unrest in the poorest countries of the Western Hemisphere has led to the Biden administration not being subject to the recently expanded protections for more than 100,000 Haitian immigrants to the United States. I am Many of them were expelled from their homeland by the devastating 2010 earthquake.
The US and Mexico have sparked widespread anger after the resignation of the US envoy in Haiti and images emerged that border guards were forcibly blocking horses and relocating immigrants. He was keen to end the increasingly political human condition.
On Friday, President Joe Biden said the way agents used their horses was “terrible” and resulted in “people will pay.” Agents were assigned to administrative duties while the administration was conducting investigations.
“There will be consequences,” Biden told reporters. “It’s shameful, but it’s more than shameful. It’s dangerous and wrong. Send the wrong message across the world and the wrong message at home. It’s just who we are. No.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas then spoke cautiously about the pending investigation into the use of horses. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked about the contradiction, and Biden said “the results didn’t hurt. He was speaking from the bottom of his heart.” He said that he did not interfere in any investigation. ..
Mallorcas said nearly 2,000 Haitians have been swiftly expelled on 17 flights since Sunday, and that more Haitians in the next few days will be under a pandemic force that denies people the opportunity to seek refuge. He said he could be driven away.
He said the United States has allowed about 12,400 people to enter the country at least temporarily, but he claims immigration judges will enter the country for asylum or other legal reasons. They can eventually be discarded and removed.
Mallorcas said about 5,000 people have been detained at DHS and action is being taken to determine whether they will be expelled or allowed to claim legal residency. Some returned to Mexico.
US officials, who are directly aware of the situation, said six flights were scheduled for Haiti on Friday, seven on Saturday and six on Sunday, which are subject to change. .. The officers were not allowed to speak in public.
In Mexico, more than 100 migrants (mostly unmarried men) stayed at a riverside camp in Ciudad Real Madrid on Friday morning.
Dozens of families returned overnight to Del Rio after Mexican authorities left the area. As the river rose, some border guard agents helped struggling families with their children.
Some immigrants have also moved to smaller hotels and private homes in Ciudad Real Madrid. The authorities detained six migrants at a time on Thursday afternoon.
Luxon, a 31-year-old Haitian immigrant who withdrew his surname out of fear, said he and his wife and son would leave for Mexicali, about 900 miles west along the Mexican-California border. where did it go.
“The alternative was to go to a place where there are few people and ask for legal documents in Mexico,” he said.
When asked about the situation in Ciudad Real Madrid on Friday, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador said, “I don’t want Mexico to be an immigration camp. I want to settle this issue completely.”
At the Barberde Border Humanitarian Union in Del Rio, immigrants disembarked from White Border Guard vans on Friday, and many were left in the United States with a smile and peace of mind. Some were carrying sleeping children. A child wrapped in a silver blanket followed his mother.
A man who walked about 1,500 miles from Toledo, Ohio and wanted to pick up his friends and family, wore a neon yellow vest and silently scanned a line of Haitian immigrants. Dave, who did not wish to share his name, did not see him in this group.
“My friend thinks it’s worth the time to get down and help out,” he wore a vest, so he met his friend (on a humanitarian trip to Haiti more than a decade ago). When she arrived with her husband and three-year-old daughter, the nurse found her in the crowd.
“I think this is an opportunity to serve someone,” Dave said. He considers himself a Trump supporter, but hates how immigration issues are politicized. “we have a lot.”
Del Rio Mayor Rossano said the international bridge would not reopen until Sunday night, but officials have confirmed no one is hiding in the brush along the Rio Grande and has completed the clean-up. Officials also said they want to make sure that any other large immigrant group that may decide to set up similar camps is moving to the Del Rio area.
Rossano said there were no deaths during his stay at the camp and that either the camp or Del Rio’s hospital gave birth to 10 babies from an immigrant mother.
“We need a village in a city of this size to help prevent the loss of life and really welcome the birth of babies here,” Rossano said.
The government has banned some migrants for public health reasons, despite pressure from Democrats to deport Haiti migrants to a problematic country that had been abandoned more than a decade ago. I have no plans to quit.
The Trump administration enacted a policy called Title 42 in March 2020 to justify a restrictive immigration policy to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Biden administration used it to justify the deportation of Haitian immigrants.
Late last week, a federal judge found the rule inappropriate and gave the government two weeks to suspend it, but the Biden administration appealed.
Officials said the US State Department is in talks with Brazil and Chile to allow Haitians to return, but it is complicated because some of them no longer have legal status. Is.
The Biden administration’s special envoy for Haiti, Daniel Harrington, on Thursday submitted his resignation protesting the “inhuman” mass expulsion of Haiti migrants.
Foot, who was appointed in July, told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he resigned immediately “with deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking significant change” and that some of his policy recommendations were ignored.
State Department spokesman Ned Price denied Foote’s claim, saying his proposal was “well-thought-out in a rigorous and transparent policy process.”
Humanitarian group UNICEF also blamed the evictions, saying on Thursday that more than two out of three deportees in Haiti showed women and children, including newborns.
“Haiti is recovering from the triple tragedy of natural disasters, mass violence and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said UNICEF Executive Secretary Henrietta Fore. – the factors that led them to transition in the first place. “
And the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader who visited the camp on Thursday, vowed to “stand with our people and ensure that the asylum is treated in one direction and the other.”