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Haitian Migrant Camp Empties Out In Mexico After Government Threatens Action, Report Says

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 24, 2021

Topline

What had been a large, makeshift Haitian migrant camp in Acuna, Mexico—just across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas—only had about 100 people left Friday morning, according to the El Paso Times, after Mexican authorities threatened to send remaining migrants to the country’s southern border, as they work to stem the flow of Haitians traveling through the country.

Key Facts

The migrants were using a park as a camp after trekking across Mexico, with many continuing northward across the Rio Grande into the U.S. in the hope of being granted asylum to live in the United States.

According to the El Paso Times, the camp began to clear out starting on Thursday morning, after Mexico’s National Immigration Institute informed migrants that those who remained would be sent to Tapachula—a city along Mexico’s border with Guatemala, which is more than 1,500 miles from Acuna.

Some migrants decided to cross into the U.S. after Mexico announced a crackdown on the camp, despite U.S. authorities actively working to deport migrants back to Haiti.

Crucial Quote

“Please help us get a permit to go out in the street safely here in Mexico. Please help us stay here,” a Haitian man said to Mexican authorities, as quoted in the El Paso Times.

Big Number

3,000. That’s about how many Haitians remained in another makeshift camp on the U.S. side of the border late Thursday, according to the Department of Homeland Security. More than 15,000 people had been packed into the camp underneath a bridge in recent days.

Key Background

The surge of Haitian migrants has turned into a humanitarian and political crisis for the Biden Administration, which has surged Border Patrol agents to Del Rio and ramped up deportation flights over the past week. Biden has faced intense criticism from his political opponents on both the left and right, like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who claims Texas state troopers were the ones who stopped the migrant flow after creating a barrier around the Del Rio camp. But Biden has also been slammed by fellow Democrats for taking what some believe is too harsh of an approach, especially after photos and video showed Border Patrol agents on horseback using whip-like cords to deter migrants from crossing into the United States. Daniel Foote, who had been serving as U.S. special envoy to Haiti, resigned on Wednesday over the “inhumane” conditions at the border.

What To Watch For

Biden said at a briefing Friday that he “takes responsibility” for the scenes at the border, and vowed that the Border Patrol agents photographed harassing Haitians “will pay.”

Tangent

The Biden Administration has sent out requests for bids to get a private company to operate a migrant holding facility at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. One of the stipulations is that at least 10% of personnel at the facility will have to be fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Further Reading

‘I can’t live like this’: Haitian migrants run out of options, flee camp in Mexico (El Paso Times)

Biden Administration Eyes Guantanamo Bay To Hold Migrants (Forbes)

U.S. Special Envoy To Haiti Resigns Over ‘Inhumane’ Treatment Of Haitian Migrants (Forbes)

Biden ‘Takes Responsibility’ For Mishandling Of Haitian Migrant Crisis (Forbes)

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