US Biden sends hundreds of border agents, steps up flights to remove Haitian migrants from south Texas
Live updates: Biden vows action for treatment of Haitian migrants; Mayorkas says migrants gone from bridge camp
Biden vowed action in his first extensive remarks on border patrol agents on horses who chased and seemed to whip Haitian migrants with their reins.“It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. They will be investigated. There will be consequences,” Biden said in response to a reporter's question at the White House.
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.
Texas Republican congressman says the Border Patrol agents filmed whipping at Haitian migrants are 'doing God's work'
The Department of Homeland Security announced it has opened an investigation into the treatment of the Haitian migrants, including children.Gonzalez argued that the law enforcement agents were "doing God's work" by attempting to prevent the migrants from crossing the river on Sunday near Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian migrants hoping to seek asylum in the US are currently sheltering in a squalid makeshift refugee camp under a bridge in Del Rio.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. © Provided by Associated Press Haiti migrants waiting in Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña to get access to the United States, cross the Rio Grande toward Ciudad Acuña to get supplies, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
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.
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.
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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.