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Politics Blinken warns Haitian migrants against making 'dangerous' trip to US

17:40  09 october  2021
17:40  09 october  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Haitian migrants against making the "dangerous" trip to the United States.

Tony Blinken wearing a suit and tie: Blinken warns Haitian migrants against making 'dangerous' trip to US © Getty Blinken warns Haitian migrants against making 'dangerous' trip to US

In a news conference on Friday in Mexico City, Blinken said the U.S. is trying to be "very clear" that migrants seeking to enter the country are putting themselves at "tremendous risk along the entire route."

"Unfortunately, one of the things that's happened is various groups are spreading false information about what possibilities exist for those coming to the United States irregularly and trying to misinform people that they will be able to enter the United States," Blinken said.

Diplomat says Panama 'sounded the alarm' on Haitian migrants, adding more are on the way to US

  Diplomat says Panama 'sounded the alarm' on Haitian migrants, adding more are on the way to US Panama foreign minister Erika Mouynes said she "sounded the alarm when we should have" regarding the Haitian migrants that recently made their way to Del Rio, Texas, adding that even more migrants were on their way. Mouynes told Axios she spent months warning officials of the expected migrants and expressed disappointment that the Biden administration was not better prepared for the Haitian migrant crisis along the border.About 20,000 toMouynes told Axios she spent months warning officials of the expected migrants and expressed disappointment that the Biden administration was not better prepared for the Haitian migrant crisis along the border.

"The journey is profoundly dangerous and it will not succeed, and we are working to make sure that people understand that," he continued.


Video: Officials: Many Haitian migrants are being released in US (Associated Press)

Haiti has been devastated this year by the assassination of its president Jovenel Moise and a 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

The Biden administration has faced criticism for its treatment of Haitian migrants since thousands crowded under a bridge connecting Mexico with Del Rio, Texas. Images of border agents on horseback grabbing at migrants stoked further outrage.

Deportation flights were quickly ramped up amid the surge, and the bridge was completely cleared as of late September.

Mexican Police Fine Taxi Driver $900 for Taking Haitian Migrants Toward U.S. Border

  Mexican Police Fine Taxi Driver $900 for Taking Haitian Migrants Toward U.S. Border "They accused me of being an immigrant trafficker," said Eliseo Ortiz, a taxi driver in Mexico.The Mexican government is putting pressure on local businesses to not help move migrants north. Eliseo Ortiz, a taxi driver in Ciudad Acuña, will no longer pick up Haitian migrants after he was fined $900 three months ago.

Blinken said Friday that the U.S. is in "very close daily contact" with Mexico about migration from Haiti.

"We're also working closely together and working ourselves to make sure that people are treated with dignity, with decency, and that their rights are fully protected," he said.

Blinken is in Mexico on Friday and Saturday to reinforce the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. Blinken led the U.S. delegation, which included Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

More than 100 Haitian migrants rescued from shipping container in Guatemala .
More than 100 Haitian migrants were rescued from a shipping container in Guatemala on Saturday, a sign that individuals from the country continue their journey to reach the U.S. even after thousands of migrants living under a bridge in the U.S. were deported last month.The abandoned shipping container was located in between Nueva Concepción and Cocales, two towns located in southern Guatemala, according to The Washington Post.Locals heardThe abandoned shipping container was located in between Nueva Concepción and Cocales, two towns located in southern Guatemala, according to The Washington Post.

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