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

01:40  19 september  2021
01:40  19 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.

The Biden administration will fly Haitian migrants back to their home country after a waveof migrants entered the United States through the southern border in recent days.

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.

Expelling Haitian migrants from the United States – which is set to begin Sunday – is part of the Biden administration’s six-point strategy for dealing with the increase in border crossings in Del Rio,  the Department of Homeland Security said Saturday.

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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The plan also calls for additional U.S. personnel at the border, relocating migrants to other processing locations and improving conditions for migrants in the U.S.

More: Thousands of Haitian migrants gather in Del Rio, Texas seeking asylum to US

Within 48 hours, 400 additional U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers will be sent to the Del Rio Port of Entry to “improve control of the area” in response to the large influx of migrants into the country, according to DHS. More will be sent as necessary.

CBP closed the border crossing with Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, so that they could respond to “urgent safety and security needs.”

Traffic also will be rerouted to the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, 57 miles east of the Del Rio port, to “more effectively manage resources and ensure uninterrupted flow of trade and travel,” according to the DHS strategy.

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.

a group of people swimming in the water: Haitian migrants use a dam to cross to and from the United States from Mexico, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in Del Rio presenting the Biden administration with a fresh and immediate challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil. © Eric Gay, AP Haitian migrants use a dam to cross to and from the United States from Mexico, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in Del Rio presenting the Biden administration with a fresh and immediate challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil.

As the U.S. plans to accelerate the pace and increase capacity of flights to removemigrants at the border, the Biden administration is taking “urgent humanitarian actions” to improve the their conditions while on U.S. soil and in custody, ensuring the “safety and security of migrants,” including having Border Patrol emergency medical technicians at hand and supplying water, towels and portable toilets.

The White House also has directed U.S. agencies to work with Haitian and other governments to provide assistance and support migrants being returned to those respective countries.

How did so many Haitian immigrants end up at the southern US border?

  How did so many Haitian immigrants end up at the southern US border? Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said Sunday 3,300 migrants have been removed from the Del Rio Camp either to planes or detention centers since Friday.But how did these Haitian migrants make their way to Texas instead of entering from Florida — a state that's closer to the Caribbean nation?

More: Separated at the border, reunited three years later: Dad and daughter come together at airport

Haitians were crossing the Rio Grande freely, wading through knee-deep water – the only thing separating them between the U.S. and Mexico. Those who couldn’t purchase supplies and necessities in the U.S. would just cross the Rio Grande to briefly visit Mexico to retrieve what they needed, including food and cardboard, which was used to temporality settle under or near a bridge in Del Rio.

a group of people standing on the side of a road: Haitian migrants use a dam to cross to and from the United States from Mexico, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. © Eric Gay, AP Haitian migrants use a dam to cross to and from the United States from Mexico, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas.

Many migrants built tents and temporary housing from giant reeds of carrizo cane while also using the river to bathe and wash clothes.

DHS stressed that under the Biden Administration “borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey,” according to the statement outlining the strategy released Saturday morning. It also stressed that migrants crossing the border will be subject to restrictions, including expulsion.

Democrats lash out at Biden administration over handling of Haitian migrants

  Democrats lash out at Biden administration over handling of Haitian migrants Government officials are now facing internal divisions over how the migrants have been treated. Your browser does not support this video "As we speak out against the cruel, the inhumane, and the flat out racist treatment of our Haitian brothers and sisters at the southern border we cannot and we must not look away in this moment," Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley said Wednesday.

Contributing: Associated Press and Martha Pskowski of the El Paso Times

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biden sends hundreds of border agents, steps up flights to remove Haitian migrants from south Texas

'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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