MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Mass deportations are underway for greater than 12,000 migrants living in a makeshift camp close to the border in Del Rio, Texas.
Most of them are Haitians who traveled to South America a number of years in the past. They got here to the U.S. border just lately after listening to rumors that they’d be allowed to cross.
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Their arrival in Del Rio has put stress on the Biden administration.
More than 300 Haitians arrived again of their residence nation Sunday, and extra deportation flights are deliberate this week.
“When we got to the United States, they put us in detention for four days,” defined one migrant deported to Haiti. “Four days without brushing our teeth. Four days without shower.”
With a bit of the U.S.-Mexico border closed, lots of the migrants tried to cross the Rio Grande over the weekend. But they have been confronted by border patrol brokers on horseback.
”I don’t need to be deported. If I’m deported now, I’ll die in Haiti. Why? Because there’s no safety in Haiti,” mentioned 36-year-old Haitian migrant Alex Rosiere.
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Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez desires the federal authorities to do extra.
“It takes too long to process an asylum claim. The system has been broke for 40 or 50 years,” he mentioned. “It’s used as a political football and you know from one agenda to the next.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas mentioned the U.S. authorities is working to maneuver 1000’s of the migrants each day to processing facilities.
“We have sent a very clear message early on in light of the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic that the border is not open, and people should not take the perilous journey here,” he mentioned.
In that interview, Secretary Mayorkas was requested if there’s a contradiction as a result of the U.S. is welcoming refugees from Afghanistan, however deporting Haitians in want.
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Mayorkas mentioned the afghan nationals are being screened and vetted, and that’s totally different than merely exhibiting up on the border.