Haiti migrants trying to escape their country’s poverty, hunger and despair have said thousands are camped on the Texas border and they will not be bothered by US plans to send them back quickly.
Dozens of people crossed the Rio Grande on Saturday, re-entered Mexico to buy water, food and diapers, and then returned to camp under and near the bridge in the Texas border city of Del Rio. ..
Crowd estimates varied, but Mayor Del Rio Bruno Rossano said there were 14,534 immigrants in the camp under the bridge on Saturday night. Several tents were set up and a temporary shelter was built from a huge reed called a calizzo cane. Others bathed in the river and washed their clothes.
It is not clear how many people became one so quickly. Haiti’s arrival began reaching volatile levels for the Del Rio border guard about two weeks ago, pleading for help from Robert Garcia, the deputy director of the authorities, according to US officials who spoke anonymously. indicated.
Junior Jeanne, 32, from Haiti, watched people carry bags of water and food across a knee-high river. Jean said he has been living on the streets of Chile for the past four years and has resigned looking for food in the trash.
“We all want a better life,” he said.
The US Department of Homeland Security said it had transferred about 2,000 migrants from the camp on Friday for processing and possible removal. There are 400 agents in the area as of Monday and more will be sent if needed.
The announcement provided a quick response to the sudden arrival of Haitians in Del Rio, a relatively remote city of about 35,000 about 145 miles west of San Antonio.
Federal officials said the United States is likely to fly migrants abroad in five to eight flights a day starting Sunday. Another official said that expecting less than twice a day, everyone would be tested for Covid-19. Earlier officials said flight capacity and Haiti’s willingness to accept flights determine the number of flights.
Regarding the US plan, many immigrants said they would stay in the camp and seek refuge. Some have said the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti and the assassination of President Jovenel Mois fears a return to a country that looks more volatile than it was when he left.
“Haiti is not safe,” said 38-year-old Fabrisio Jean, who arrived with his wife and two daughters. “The country is in a political crisis.”
Many Haitians have emigrated from South America to the United States for many years, and many have left home after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Many have done dangerous treks on foot, by bus or by car, including the infamous Darien Gap, Panama’s wilderness.
Jorge Luis Mora Castillo, 48, of Cuba, said he arrived in Acuna on Saturday and plans to travel to the United States. Castillo said the family would pay $12,000 to move him, his wife and their son out of Paraguay, where he had lived for four years.
Castillo spoke of an American message that discourages immigrants and said he would not change his mind.
“Because returning to Cuba is dying,” he said.
US Customs and Border Protection has closed the only border crossing between Del Rio and Ciudad Real Madrid. Passengers were directed indefinitely at the Eagle Pass intersection, about 55 miles away.
The agency also transferred Haitians by bus and van to other border guard facilities in Texas, particularly in El Paso, Laredo and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. They are mainly handled outside the pandemic authorities. That is, they can claim asylum and remain in the United States while their claims are taken into account.
Nicole Phillips, director of legal affairs at the Haitian Bridge Alliance, said the United States should allow immigrants to apply for asylum, not rush to handle and deport them.
“This is really a humanitarian crisis,” Phillips said. “Need a lot of help now.”
Mexico’s Bureau of Immigration said that Mexico had started a “permanent dialogue” with representatives of the Haitian government to deal with “irregular immigration into Mexico and their supported return status.”
Haiti immigrants intend to stay on the Texas border despite plans to evacuate them. Texas
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