Kamala Harris on treatment of Haitian migrants at US border
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Thousands of migrants seeking asylum in the US have been sent back to a country devastated by earthquakes and political instability. Joe Biden’s administration has forced many desperate migrants to return to Haiti from the US border. Here’s the latest on the migrant crisis.
Thousands of largely Haitian migrants have gathered at the US-Mexican border to escape Haiti, a country which has become dangerously unstable over the past year.
Many have been forced to flee Haiti after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes.
Political unrest continues to affect the country since an attempted coup to overthrow the president failed in February.
Yet President Biden’s administration has faced a wave of criticism for their “inhumane” deportation of Haitian migrants.
Last weekend the US started flights to deport migrants from the border.
Around 13,000 migrants had gathered under a bridge in a makeshift camp in a Texas border town.
Since September 19, President Biden’s administration has forced 1,401 migrants from the camp to return to Haiti.
The US special envoy for Haiti, Daniel Foote, has blasted the President for these “inhumane” deportations.
Mr Foote resigned from his position with a blistering letter to the President.
In his resignation letter earlier this week he said Haiti was a “collapsed state” which “simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy”.
Mr Foote wrote: “I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants.”
Jack Herrera, a journalist reporting from the US-Mexican border told Politico President Biden’s approach to the crisis was “draconian” and “bizarre”.
He said: “Draconian is absolutely the correct adjective to describe their response on the border.
“They’re trying to send a message: If you come, you won’t be let in.
“But at the same time, certain vulnerable groups are being let in and that includes unaccompanied minors, families with young children and other people in extenuating circumstances.
“It’s not a very clear chain of command. When that happens, you get a bizarre mix of deterrents and random mercy.”
Although the numbers in the camp appear to be slowing down Mr Herrera insisted: “It’s still a zoo though. There are so many people it’s hard for volunteers to keep up.”
Shocking photos of US border patrol agents charging at Haitian migrants on horseback has put pressure on President Biden to give Haitians asylum rather than deporting them.
President Biden has been criticised for having an incoherent policy on migration.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded to the crisis and Mr Foote’s resignation in a press conference.
She said: “Special Envoy Foote had ample opportunity to raise concerns about immigration during his tenure. He never once did so.”
She describe the shocking photos from the border as “horrific” and insisted horses would no longer be used in the area.
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