Over 12,000 Haitian Migrants Seek Asylum in Texas

Authorities have closed entrances in Del Rio, Texas, after more than 12,000 Haitians arrived to seek asylum. The Biden government has deported them in what may be the fastest large-scale expulsion of migrants in American history.

The US-Mexico border gate located in Del Rio, Texas, Monday (20/9) remained closed as more than 12,000 migrants, mainly from Haiti, arrived and continued to gather under the Del Rio International Bridge, waiting to be detained.

President of the Border Patrol Union in Del Rio Sector, John Anfinsen, said, “Yesterday the number reached more than 14,000. Since the DPS Public Safety Department personnel arrived, they have managed to block some of the migrants arriving via the river. We managed to reduce the number of incoming migrants to around 12,000 people.”

The US government closes an international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants are making makeshift camps, September 18, 2021.

The US government closes an international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants are making makeshift camps, September 18, 2021.

For days American authorities worked hard to move migrants from under bridges and in the heat, to processing facilities where authorities determined who could apply for asylum, and who would be flown back to Haiti.

The Long Path To The US

Many Haitians who arrived said they had lived in Brazil and Chile before, some had even lived there since the 2010 Haiti earthquake. perfect for trying to cross the border.

One of the men, Jean, said he had spent several months in Mexico, on the Guatemalan border, being held by the Mexican government there.

“This is very difficult for me. For two months I had no work, nothing to eat,” he explained.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers try to deter migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acua, Mexico, to Del Rio, Texas, Sunday, September 19, 2021.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers try to deter migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acua, Mexico, to Del Rio, Texas, Sunday, September 19, 2021.

In recent weeks, the bridge has become a haven for migrants crossing the Rio Grande, as Border Patrol agents struggle to cope with the huge influx of migrants.

Jon Anfinsen returns, “In recent months the Border Patrol agents in Del Rio were no longer able to patrol the field properly because we all had to be indoors to take care of processing and caring for the children in our custody.”

Some local residents said the large number of immigrants made them uneasy. Peggy Duran, a resident in Del Rio, said, “When you see there are more than 20,000 people under the bridge, people start to get nervous. And if we talk to the city community of 45,000 people, then the number of people who came is half of the population.” the population of this city.”

Guerline Jozef at the Haitian Bridge Alliance, a migrant advocacy group, said Haitians follow the law.

“One thing I heard, people said they came illegally. No! It is legal by law to come and ask for asylum, which is what they did. But what happened in America was that they refused to provide access to legal protection,” he explained.

The US Has Repatriated Over 3,000 Haitian Migrants

America has repatriated more than 3,000 Haitian migrants and scheduled more flights in the coming days in what they say is the fastest large-scale expulsion of migrants in American history.

But migrant activists say Haiti, recently rocked by earthquakes and political upheaval, has not been able to cope with the return of its citizens. For Haitian migrants, arriving in Texas only to be deported again is a sad thing.

Dieudonne Cassagne, who lives and works in South America and is now back in Haiti says, “The journey to America was tough. America deported us. Ironically they didn’t let us bring our stuff back. So it’s like being in prison, no food, nothing.”

Those who returned to Haiti received a sum of 100 dollars. But the dream to live and work in America seems to be dashed. [em/lt]

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