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World AOC, Ilhan Omar denounce Border Patrol whipping Haitian migrants as a 'stain on our country' and 'human rights abuses'

09:10  21 september  2021
09:10  21 september  2021 Source:   businessinsider.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.

a man riding a horse: A United States Border Patrol agent on horseback tried to stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, on September 19. Paul Ratje/Getty Images © Paul Ratje/Getty Images A United States Border Patrol agent on horseback tried to stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, on September 19. Paul Ratje/Getty Images
  • Video footage showed Border Patrol cracking whips at Haitian migrants near the US-Mexico border.
  • Migrants have tried to enter the US as Haiti faces endemic poverty, violence, and political turmoil.
  • Haiti's president was assassinated in July, and an earthquake killed over 2,000 in Haiti last month.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota on Monday said that video footage of Border Patrol agents on horseback whipping Haitian migrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border showed "human rights abuses."

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.

"These are human rights abuses, plain and simple. Cruel, inhumane, and a violation of domestic and international law," Omar tweeted. "This needs a course correction and the issuance of a clear directive on how to humanely process asylums seekers at our border."

Echoing these sentiments, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York also took to Twitter to denounce Border Patrol.

"It doesn't matter if a Democrat or Republican is President, our immigration system is designed for cruelty towards and dehumanization of immigrants," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Immigration should not be a crime, and its criminalization is a relatively recent invention. This is a stain on our country."

The incident occurred over the weekend near Del Rio, Texas, as Haitian migrants sought to wade across the Rio Grande. Video footage from Al Jazeera showed agents on horseback using their reins as whips as they charged the migrants and sought to push them back, with one agent yelling, "This is why your country's shit because you use your women for this."

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.

US Customs and Border Protection didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Many people have fled Haiti, which has faced myriad challenges for years, in recent months as the embattled country struggled with ongoing violence, poverty, and political strife.

Haiti has had a particularly chaotic year on account of the political turmoil brought on by the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, which was closely followed by an earthquake in August that killed over 2,000 people.

Thousands of migrants have gathered in a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio.

Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to Del Rio on Monday as local and federal officials moved to deport or relocate the migrants to detention centers.

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.

"We have seen a significant influx of Haitian migrants in Del Rio, TX. But we are surging resources, and @DHSgov is taking a multi-prong approach to this," Mayorkas tweeted on Sunday. "We've surged approximately 600 agents so that we can gain complete control. We are moving people rapidly to other processing centers to ensure safety and security."

"We have sent a very clear message early on, in light of the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic, that the border is not open, and people should not take the perilous journey here," Mayorkas added.

Deportation flights back to Haiti began on Sunday.

Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said during a press conference on Sunday that 3,300 migrants had been relocated in the past few days.

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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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