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According to Del Rio officials, there are more than 14,500 immigrants – most of them Haitians. A camp under a bridge is experiencing high temperatures and bad conditions.
Mayorcas said Haitians have been entering isolated cities for weeks, but the number of immigrants has reached new levels in recent days.
In response to the rapid arrival, the United States closed the Mexican border on Sunday in Del Rio, a city of about 35,000 people located about 145 miles west of San Antonio. Mexican authorities have tightened immigration controls, closed access to Ciudad Aqua to prevent more immigrants from reaching the border, and announced that it would also begin deporting Haitians.
Mayorkas said about 500,500 migrants have already been relocated from the camp and another 3,000,000 are expected to be relocated to other processing facilities.
At least three deportation flights with 145 passengers arrived in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Sunday, and Haiti said six flights were expected on Tuesday.
‘We can’t go back’:Haitian migrants face massive expulsion in crackdown on US-Mexico border
The move signals a shift toward using an epidemic-related law to immediately expel immigrants without allowing them to seek asylum, a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly told the Associated Press.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting a federal emergency for the state. Abbott said he had declared a disaster and acted in accordance with state law but that “supplementary federal assistance is needed to reduce the threat of disaster, save lives and protect property, public health and safety.”
Here’s what we know:
How did Haitian immigrants get to Del Rio, Texas?
The Haitians have been crossing Mexico’s Ciudad Aqua in Del Rio, Texas for about three weeks.
In his letter to Biden on Monday, Abbott said the number of immigrants had risen from about 4,000 on Wednesday to more than 16,000 on Saturday.
Some Haitians in the camp lived in a Mexican town on the U.S. border for some time, others recently came after being stranded near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, said Nicole Phillips, legal director of the advocacy group Haitian Bridge Alliance. Many were waiting in camps in Mexico before deciding whether to cross the border.
Many left Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake and lived in South America for several years. Many lost their jobs in Rio de Janeiro during the 2011 Summer Olympics and many traveled to the US border on foot, by bus and by car.
It’s not clear how such a large group gathered so quickly, but misinformation could play a role, according to Edgar Rodriguez, a lawyer at the Casa del Migrant immigrant shelter in Pidras Negras, south of Del Rio. Immigrants often decide after hearing false rumors that policies are about to change or that cities have different enforcement policies.
Mayorkas and other Homeland Security officials insisted that misinformation had led to the current quake. “Families deceived by treacherous and exploitative smuggling agencies are tragic to see vulnerable people,” Mayorkas said.
How is it at the border?
Disappointment is lingering for immigrants on both sides of the border.
In the camp, there is no easy access to food and water and the garbage pile is 10 feet wide.
Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said the reason for the dire situation was that the Del Rio community was much smaller than other areas on the border and resources were limited.
Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said hot temperatures and fluctuations in the Rio Grande could make the camp dangerous. Temperatures in Del Rio were in the 90s and are forecast to reach 105 degrees on Monday.
Immigrants have pitched tents and set up temporary shelters under the bridge, while others are bathing in the river and washing clothes. The county’s top elected official, Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens, said at least two women gave birth, one of whom later tested positive for Covid-1 for.
Haitian immigrants must decide whether to leave the country or return to Mexico.
Some of those waiting in Mexico, such as Charles Adiram, say they are afraid to return to Haiti after the recent devastating earthquake and the assassination of President Jovenal Moss.
Ediram and his wife and daughter crossed the border into the camp but returned to Mexico after hearing of the deportation. The Haitian family was deciding what to do next.
“We have no money, we have nothing. We spent two months on foot,” he said. “If I go back, I could die the next day.”
On Sunday, pictures and videos showed CBP agents on horseback chasing Haitian migrants. Agents charged the immigrants with just food and water and clothes on their backs when they tried to jump into the U.S. shores of the river.
“Come on! Get out now! Come back to Mexico!” The agents shouted. A man stumbles and falls while trying to evade an agent.
Democrats decree pictures of border enforcement
White House press secretary Jane Sackie said Monday that the images were “horrific”, adding that more information about the situation needed to be added.
“I’ve seen some footage, I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine in what context it would fit , ”Psyche said at a news briefing.
Fame. Ilhan Omar, D-Min, Said on Twitter That the work of border patrol agents was “human rights violations, simple and easy. Cruel, inhumane and in violation of domestic and international law.”
Republican Veronica Escobar, de-Texas, also expressed concern, saying the measures were “absolutely unacceptable.”
“No matter how challenging the situation in Del Rio at the moment, trying to take refuge in our country does not support any violence against immigrants,” Escobar said on Twitter.
The CBP’s force policy document, dated January 2021, states: “Excessive use of force by CBP law enforcement personnel is strictly prohibited.” But the document further states that agents can use “objectively reasonable” force when they are required to perform law enforcement duties. “
Immigrant asylum in El Paso is ready to accept refugees
The El Paso announcement house on Monday was ready to receive Haitian refugees even though hundreds of Haitian deportation flights were scheduled to leave San Antonio for Por-a-Prince.
Reuben Garcia, director of the House Immigrant Asylum in El Paso, said Monday that authorities had sought asylum to be ready for asylum, but so far no Haitians have been released in El Paso.
“It’s really unpredictable because you see they’re doing all sorts of things that make it like expelling people directly to Haiti,” he said. “Sometimes I was told to get ready, and so we ramped up and nothing happened.
“Right now, we haven’t found anyone,” he said. “I know they’re using a lot of buses. They started coming on Friday. We’re ready. We’re ready.”
An El Paso spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Why is the United States deporting asylum seekers?
Although international law protects the right to seek asylum, the Public Health Ordinance, adopted by former President Donald Trump during the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic, allows for rapid expulsion without the opportunity to seek asylum under Title 422 and Biden continues.
Helpless children and many families have been released, but on Friday, the administration said it would appeal against a judge’s ruling that ordered the use of Title 42 to deport immigrant families.
The U.S. government has been unable to deport many immigrant families because Mexican authorities have only agreed to accept deported families from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, creating an opportunity for Haitians and other people of other nationalities.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a judge’s order reinstating Trump-era policy to allow asylum seekers to stay in Mexico pending a U.S. immigration court hearing, but Mexico has not yet agreed to its terms.
Contributed by: Lauren Villagran, El Paso Times; Associated Press