News ID: 316472
Published: 1250 GMT September 20, 2021

U.S. deports Haitian migrants en masse to their country

U.S. deports Haitian migrants en masse to their country

Haitian migrants who were flown back to Haiti are seen at the airport in Port-au-Prince on September 19, 2021.

U.S. authorities moved 3,300 migrants in the last days from a Texas border city where thousands of mostly Haitians had gathered under a bridge after crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico, officials said on Sunday.

Some of the migrants were seen arriving later in Haiti.

“Over the next six to seven days our goal is to process the 12,662 migrants that we have underneath that bridge as quickly as we possibly can,” U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said during a press conference in Del Rio, Texas, Reuters reported.

He said the United States was working with the home countries or countries through which the migrants had transited to get them to accept those who had been awaiting immigration processing under the bridge that links Del Rio with Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.

Migrants were continuing to cross the river despite the threat of being sent back and heightened security on the U.S. side that on Sunday included law enforcement agents on horseback, one of whom was seen swinging a rope at a person wading in the Rio Grande.

Officials on both sides of the border have said most of the migrants were from Haiti. Many of the Haitians to whom Reuters has spoken said they had been in South America before heading north more recently because they could not attain legal status or struggled with racism and securing decent jobs.

Tom Cartwright of the advocacy group Witness at the Border who tracks U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) flights, said three flights left Texas – one from Laredo and two from San Antonio – on Sunday carrying Haitians to Haiti.

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said during another news conference that expulsion flights to Haiti that started on Sunday will continue daily. He said he could not detail the number of flights or number of Haitians for security reasons.






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