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US Mayorkas Calls for Reform of 'Broken Immigration System' Amid Del Rio Migrant Crisis

05:35  25 september  2021
05:35  25 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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.

Responding to public backlash after images surfaced showing Border Patrol agents chasing Haitian migrants on horseback, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas called the images "horrifying" and called for immigration reform.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. on September 24, 2021. His comments focussed on the crisis at the border. © Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. on September 24, 2021. His comments focussed on the crisis at the border.

The Biden administration has faced a number of high-profile issues at the southern border, including the recent congregating of some 30,000 migrants in Del Rio, Texas, and surges of unaccompanied children crossing the border.

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.

Mayorkas said the administration has been forced to deal with a "broken immigration system." He said his department is working within the legal confines of a system in need of reforms for years, which faces a number of restrictions around the handling of migrants following changes brought on by the Trump administration.

According to Mayorkas, the Biden administration plans to support the effort through a three-pronged plan: Firstly, they will invest funds toward the root causes that push people in foreign countries to undergo perilous journeys away from their homelands. Second, they hope to introduce "safe, orderly, and humane" immigration pathways. And third, they plan to rebuild the asylum system and refugee program that was "dismantled by the prior administration."

White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants

  White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is facing sharp condemnation from Democrats for its handling of the influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern border, after images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics went viral this week. Striking video of agents maneuvering their horses to forcibly block and move migrants attempting to cross the border has sparked resounding criticism from Democrats on Capitol Hill, who are calling on the Biden administration to end its use of a pandemic-era authority to deport migrants without giving them an opportunity to seek asylum in the United States.

In regard to the Del Rio situation, Mayorkas said today all migrants have been removed from the Haitian migrant camp that once stood under Del Rio's International Bridge. These individuals were expelled under the CDC's Title 42 policy that restricts the entry of migrants on the grounds of public health.

Following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July and a deadly earthquake in August, thousands of Haitians fled the country out of political, economic and health concerns. When asked by a reporter whether he saw the explosion of these Haitians as moral—yes or no—Mayorkas provided the following concerns.

"No, they are not, they are driven by a public health imperative," Mayorkas said. "We do not conduct ourselves in an immoral way. We do not conduct ourselves in an unethical way. In fact, we are restoring people by reason of the immorality of the past administration. We are reuniting families that were separated."

White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants

  White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is facing sharp condemnation from Democrats for its handling of the influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern border, after images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics went viral this week. Striking video of agents maneuvering their horses to forcibly block and move migrants attempting to cross the border has sparked resounding criticism from Democrats on Capitol Hill, who are calling on the Biden administration to end its use of a pandemic-era authority to deport migrants without giving them an opportunity to seek asylum in the United States.

In February, Biden signed an Executive Order that created the Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families (Task Force) which works to identify parents and children separated under the Trump administration.

In his comments following the previous statement, Mayorkas went on to say that the department faces a large influx of migrants who subsequently must be placed in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody. He added that this can lead to the potential spread of COVID-19 in these facilities and said this must be done for America's public health, saying "It is not an immigration policy."

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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.

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