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Opinion 'Horrific': Biden administration's handling of Haitian migrants at U.S. border is shameful

18:10  21 september  2021
18:10  21 september  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Children a big part of migration through perilous Darien Gap

  Children a big part of migration through perilous Darien Gap NECOCLI, Colombia (AP) — Every day, at least 500 migrants from around the world sail out of Necocli, a small town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, across the Gulf of Uraba to the village of Acandi, to start a week-long trek through the jungle that takes them into Panama — the next stop on the long road to the United States. About one quarter of them are children, according to Panamanian officials, and often still in arms. While trekking throughAbout one quarter of them are children, according to Panamanian officials, and often still in arms.

Even President Joe Biden's press secretary admits that the images are "horrific."

a group of people riding on the back of a horse: This photograph, taken Sunday on the banks of the Rio Grande in Texas, shows a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent on horseback chasing down Haitian migrants. © PAUL RATJE, AFP via Getty Images This photograph, taken Sunday on the banks of the Rio Grande in Texas, shows a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent on horseback chasing down Haitian migrants.

The photographs, taken Sunday by Paul Ratje on the banks of the Rio Grande in Texas, show U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing down migrants from Haiti, a nation crippled by earthquakes, hurricanes, political violence and extreme poverty.

Desperate migrants – carrying food and water for their families and themselves – scrambled away from the agents' charging horses.

US nears plan for widescale expulsions of Haitian migrants

  US nears plan for widescale expulsions of Haitian migrants DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration worked Saturday on plans to send many of the thousands of Haitian immigrants who have gathered in a Texas border city back to their Caribbean homeland, in a swift response to the huge influx of people who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and congregated under and around a bridge. Details were yet to be finalized but would likely involve five to eight flights per day that would begin Sunday, according to an official with direct knowledge of the plans who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

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At least one man, according to news reports, fell trying to avoid an agent's whip. (Federal authorities said the agents used long reins).

Think about that: An agent, carrying with him the authority of the U.S. government, riding down a defenseless, frightened Black man.

This, in America, in 2021. Not 1821.

a group of people riding on the back of a horse: Desperate migrants, carrying food and water, were trying to enter an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas. They scrambled to get away from the Border Patrol agents on charging horses. © PAUL RATJE, AFP via Getty Images Desperate migrants, carrying food and water, were trying to enter an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas. They scrambled to get away from the Border Patrol agents on charging horses.

The issues surrounding unauthorized migration across our nation's border with Mexico are undeniably complex. And the rush of Haitian migrants in recent days has presented Biden and his team with a difficult set of choices.

Biden sends hundreds of border agents, steps up flights to remove Haitian migrants from south Texas

  Biden sends hundreds of border agents, steps up flights to remove Haitian migrants from south Texas The Department of Homeland Security released the Biden administration's six-point strategy to deal with the influx of migrants at the southern border.The sudden wave brought thousands of Haitians to Del Rio, Texas, many gathering near a bridge in the border town as the administration prepared a plan to deal with what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott deemed a border crisis.

But the scenes that unfolded at the border Sunday are indefensible, no matter your politics or your position on border policy.

As White House press secretary Jen Psaki seemed to acknowledge Monday: "I've seen some of the footage, I don't have the full context. I can't imagine what context would make that appropriate … I don't think anyone seeing that footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate."

a group of people walking down a river: The scenes that unfolded at the border Sunday are indefensible. The White House press secretary called them © Omar Ornelas, El Paso Times via USA TODAY NETWORK The scenes that unfolded at the border Sunday are indefensible. The White House press secretary called them "horrific."

None of it is acceptable nor appropriate.

Yet, Biden's team already has sent hundreds of desperate migrants back to Haiti. Thousands more will soon follow, as the administration rushes to mount an airlift that will ferry people back, not to safety, but to chaos and fear.

Their only "crime" was to hope that America would live up its values and promises. That huddled masses could still find refuge here.

Haitian deportees start over in country they don’t recognize

  Haitian deportees start over in country they don’t recognize PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Claile Bazile doesn’t know where she and her 2-year-old son will stay once they leave the hotel where officials temporarily set aside rooms for some of the hundreds of people streaming into Haiti after being expelled from the U.S. in the past couple of days. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Haiti last month and killed more than 2,200 people also destroyed her family’s home. “They’re out on theThe 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Haiti last month and killed more than 2,200 people also destroyed her family’s home.

But this is America in 2021. It is Joe Biden's America.

It is our America.

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'Amistad' binds Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña amid migrant crisis .
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Amistad — Spanish for friendship — binds the sister cities of Del Rio, Texas, and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. Each year, the border communities that sit across the Rio Grande from one another come together to celebrate that bond during the Fiesta de la Amistad. Leaders from both sides of the border meet at the festival and share abrazos, or hugs, to commemorate their common history and an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to build the Amistad Dam and Reservoir in the 1960s. The relationship shows in many ways, with workers and families typically going back-and-forth between Acuña and Del Rio daily.

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