The Department of Homeland Security said Saturday that U.S. authorities on Friday evacuated about 2,000 people from a border town in Texas to other immigration processing stations that have been overwhelmed by the influx of Haitians and other immigrants. ۔
This kind of transition will continue, “he said. Refugee The DHS said in a statement that it was immediately detained, prosecuted and deported from the United States.
While some immigrants seeking jobs and security are making their way. United States For weeks or months, it’s only in recent days. Discuss Del Rio, Texas, has drawn widespread attention by presenting a humanitarian and political challenge to the Biden administration.
The DHS says it has stepped up flights in response to the increasingly bad conditions under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Texas to Mexico’s Ciudad Acona. Haiti And other destinations in the next 72 hours.
The DHS added that it is working with countries where migrants began their journey – for many Haitians, such as Brazil and Chile – to accept returning migrants. Officials on both sides of the border said most of the migrants were Haitians.
In a series of posts on social media late Saturday, Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry expressed widespread solidarity with refugees at the border, saying “arrangements are already in place to warmly welcome returnees to the Caribbean nation.” Have been done. “
“I share their grief and welcome them home,” he wrote.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection was sending 400 additional agents to the Del Rio sector in the coming days, the DHS said, when the Border Agency said Friday it would temporarily close the Del Rio entry port due to arrivals. Doing and re-routing traffic. Eagle Pass, 57 miles (92 km) east.
“We reiterate that our borders are not open, and people should not make dangerous journeys,” a DHS spokesman told Reuters.
Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said in a video Saturday night that there are now just over 14,000 immigrants under the bridge.
As it became clear that U.S. authorities were sending migrants back to their homeland, Mexican police officers asked immigrants who were buying food in Ciudad Aquana to return to the U.S. side of the river Saturday morning. The immigrants argued that they needed supplies, and the police eventually gave up.
‘Gold near garbage’
On the Texas side, Haitians have been relocated by Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaraguan under the Del Rio Bridge, where migrants say conditions are deteriorating.
“There’s urine, feces and we’re sleeping with garbage,” said Michael Vargas, a 30-year-old Venezuelan immigrant. He has been in camp for three days with his wife and two children.
Vargas said he has been given ticket number 16,000 and authorities are currently processing 9,800. “People are being divided into three groups: single men, single women and families,” he said.
Jeff Jeon, a 27-year-old Haitian, was among several immigrants who said families were taking longer than adults alone, leaving young children sleeping on the ground in the heat of 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). Jeewan said his two sons, aged 1 and 10, fell ill with symptoms such as fever and chills.
Two images sent to Reuters by an immigrant in the camp show dozens of adults and children squeezing together under a bridge, some sitting on cardboard or spread out on a thin blanket of dirt. The relationship was kept in clear heaps. Tents made of reeds and wooden sticks are visible in the background.
In general, immigrants who arrive at the border and turn themselves in to authorities can claim asylum if they are afraid to return to their home country, which triggers a lengthy legal process. The Trump administration has dismissed the concerns, arguing that many asylum claims are false.
The U.S. Department of Public Health’s Order for Disease Control and Prevention, known as Title 42, issued under the Trump administration at the start of the corona virus epidemic, sheltered mostly immigrants. Allows quick removal without the opportunity to claim. President Joe Biden has upheld this principle even though he has exempted underage minors and his administration is not expelling most families.
A judge ruled Thursday that the policy could not be applied to families, but that the decision would not take effect for two weeks and that the Biden administration was appealing to the court.
Increasing number of migrants at the border
The massive eviction of Haitians in Del Rio will surely anger immigration lawyers who say such a return is inhumane considering the situation in Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. In July, Haiti’s president was assassinated, and in August a major earthquake and typhoon hit the country.
The Biden administration earlier this year increased the temporary deportation relief for 1.5 million Haitians in the United States. This relief does not apply to newcomers. Deportation and deportation are technically different – deportation is very fast.
U.S. officials briefly suspended the withdrawal from Haiti after August. 14 Earthquake
The number of Haitian migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border has been steadily rising this year, according to CBP figures.
Many Haitians interviewed by Reuters said they used to live in South America and are now moving north because they have not been able to obtain legal status or are struggling to find good jobs. Many told Reuters they follow shared routes on the WhatsApp to reach Del Rio.
More than a dozen Haitians in Tapachola, southern Mexico, near the Guatemalan border, told Reuters on Friday that messages in WhatsApp groups spread lies about ease of crossing the border.