On Tuesday, scenes of anger erupted at Haiti’s Port-au-Toussaint Louverture International Airport among migrants sent home from a squalid Texas border camp, as the American President faced increasing pressure to prevent expulsions policy the United Nations refugee head Filippo Grandi said might be unlawful.
Approximately ten thousand migrants, primarily Haitian, remain in deteriorating conditions in the extempore camp that emerged under a bridge traversing the Rio Grande from Texas’ Del Rio to Ciudad Acuna (a city in Mexico).
The United States Homeland Security Department said that in the past days, American authorities had removed nearly four thousand people from the spot for processing in detention centres. In addition, around 523 Haiti nationals have been deported to their homeland on four planes, with repatriations set to continue periodically.
Returnees responded furiously as they stepped off planes at Haiti’s main airport after spending thousands of dollars on arduous journeys from the troubled Caribbean country via South America, expecting a better life in America.
A U.S. official with direct knowledge said a large number of Haiti citizens were being processed under immigration policy and not being placed on expulsion flights to a Caribbean nation that began on Sunday. However, the official could not specify that how many.
I’ve been to #Haiti many times,donated much time/money to help there and I can’t figure out where thousands (not a few but thousands) of Haitians got money to travel overseas to Brazil,Chile,etc ..I know they are traveling w/virtually nothing, no food etc..but there is some cost
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) September 22, 2021
There Were Nearly 8600 Migrants At The Camp – Texas’s Governor
The releases in America were happening in spite of the signaling a colossal effort to expel Haiti nationals on planes to their country under epidemic-related authority that denies migrants a chance to seek asylum. Another American official not authorized to negotiate operations stated there’re seven flights daily to the Caribbean nation planned beginning Wednesday.
Accounts of extensive releases, some observed at the Del Rio bus station by AP journalists, disagree with statements one day earlier by Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary, who moved to Del Rio to pledge rapid action.
On Monday, he said at a press briefing that if people come to America unlawfully, they’d be returned, their voyage wouldn’t succeed, and they’d be endangering their life and their family’s life.
The releases came because of a swift effort to empty the camp under a bridge that held over 14000 people over the weekend in a town of thirty-five thousand people. During a trip on Tuesday to Del Rio, Greg. Abbott, the governor of Texas, said that the nation’s top official told him the most recent number at the camp was nearly 8600 migrants.
VP Kamala Harris said that the condition was complex and that America needed to do much more to support the fundamental needs of Haitians. She told the media that people wish to stay home, they do not want to leave, but they leave when they can’t fulfill their necessities.