The 355-year-old father weighed in on his options: go back to the United States, where he could be sent back to Haiti, or stay in Mexico because authorities stopped him and other immigrants.
Wood, who declined to give his full name for fear of retaliation from the United States or Mexico for speaking out, said he had no plans but to form one if he wanted to take care of his wife and two daughters.
“I want to stay here in Mexico, but I’m afraid because I’m not allowed to stay here,” Wood told BuzzFeed News. “But the United States could deport us.” I don’t know what to do. “
Like hundreds of migrants leaving camp in Del Rio, Texas, in an effort to avoid being flown to Haiti this week, the walls are closing in on them, this time from the Mexican side of the border. Immigration agents, accompanied by armed soldiers and police officers, patrol the streets of Ciudad Aquana, where they are detaining migrants and taking them to the southern Mexican state. For days, migrants have been moving back and forth across the uncertain Rio Grande, seemingly friendly on either side of the border.
Just before dawn on Thursday, Mexican immigration agents entered the camp next to the local police and the National Guard. Immigrants, most of them Haitians, who lived in a park in Ciudad Aquana, woke up. The presence of Mexican authorities was enough to repatriate some of them to the U.S. side of the border, after the Biden administration began deporting hundreds of migrants to Haiti. No one was detained at the park, but threats were made.
The Biden administration has relocated thousands of migrants from the Del Rio area to other parts of the border to be processed or removed from the country. It relies heavily on the Title Policy2 policy, which cites the epidemic as the reason why border agents quickly repatriated asylum seekers to evacuate thousands of Haitians in Del Rio. Within a few days, the United States sent back about 2,000 immigrants to Haiti. On Friday, more flights were expected in the country, which is battling after the earthquake and the assassination of the president.
On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas said the camp under the Del Rio International Bridge had been cleared and no migrants were there. Sep has faced nearly, 000,000 migrants in Del Rio since September, Mayorcas said. Another 50,000,000 voluntarily returned to Mexico, and another 5,000 were awaiting processing, meaning they would be deported or allowed to stay in the country.
Myorcas added that the cases of more than 12,000 immigrants who entered the United States would be heard.
He said the use of Title 42 was necessary because of the epidemic and that it was not immigration policy. He further mentioned that the policy allows exceptions.
On Thursday, a Mexican immigration agent, who only told BuzzFeed News his last name, Rodriguez, appeared at Ciudad Aquana Park before dawn with the National Guard and local police and threatened to wake up the immigrants because the U.S. was conducting an operation in Del Rio, and they Worried that people would drown trying to get back to Mexico.
But their early morning presence had the opposite effect on some immigrants who traveled across the Rio Grande to return to Del Rio in Texas. Mexican authorities soon blocked their entry, cutting off a yellow rope that immigrants used to cross the river.
Although many Haitians initially left their homes to move to Brazil or Chile after the H2 magnitude earthquake, a 2021 report on the migration of Haitian women found that immigration policies in those countries have become more restricted over the past five years. A report from the University of California’s Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Hastings College of Law, says strict restrictions have forced many Haitians to move to Mexico.
One of them was Wood, whose 12-year-old daughter fainted from dehydration at the Del Rio camp last week.
“If you go out on the streets of Haiti, you have to pray for your return,” he said.
Wood immigrated with his family to Chile, where he tried to make a living কিন্তু but without legal status there, it was difficult to find a well-paying job.
He has considered returning to Chile, but that means traveling through the Darian Gap, a jungle that UNICEF describes as the most dangerous route in the world. Wood said it was the hardest part of the trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, Wood said criminals violently rob immigrants and rape women in the region.
“It’s something you go through once in your life, not twice,” he said.
Standing in the camp, Wood was sleeping with his family, immigration agent Rodriguez said, adding that authorities had set up shelters in Ciudad Aqua who wanted to get out of their park where they were camping. The refugee application process with the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, but they have to do so in the town of Tapchula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.
But Tapachula is a prison town for immigrants who do not have the documents or permission to leave the state. If they try to get rid of the smugglers without paying thousands of dollars, they will have to fight the National Guard soldiers. Immigrants are trying to leave under pressure from U.S. officials, and there have been years of violent conflict between Mexican authorities who are preventing them from moving north. Last month, Mexican officials condemned the “inappropriate” actions of their agents after violent clashes with immigrants in Tapachula.
When Rodriguez told a group of migrants that they would have to return to Tapachula if they hoped to complete the refugee process, they cried and protested collectively, knowing what was waiting for them there.
Diana, a 300-year-old Colombian, said she sold water in Tapachula to pay about ২০০ 200 in rent, but it was difficult. He said it takes months for refugees to complete the process, and all the time they have to find a way to make a living without work permits.
“How do you expect us to survive?” Diana asked Rodriguez. “We have nothing, and then we try to leave and the National Guard beats us.”