The Biden administration will take Haitian migrants back to their home country after a wave of migrants entered the United States through the southern border in recent days.
The sudden wave brought thousands of Haitians to Del Rio, Texas, with many gathering near a bridge in the border town as the administration devised a plan for what Texas Governor Greg Abbott perceived as a border crisis.
The evacuation of Haitian migrants from the United States – which is due to begin Sunday – is part of the Biden administration’s six-point strategy to deal with a rise in border crossings in Del Rio, the Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday.
The plan also calls for additional US personnel to the border, relocates migrants to other processing locations and improves conditions for migrants in the US.
According to the DHS, within 48 hours, 400 additional US Customs and Border Protection agents and officials 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. More will be sent if needed.
The CBP closed the border crossing with Ciudad Acua, Mexico, to respond to “urgent security and security needs”.
According to the DHS strategy, traffic will be rerouted to the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, 57 miles east of the port of Del Rio, to “more effectively manage resources and ensure the smooth flow of trade and travel”.
As the US plans to increase the speed and capacity of flights to remove migrants at the border, the Biden administration is taking “immediate humanitarian action” to improve their conditions on US soil and while in detention, allowing “migrants safety and security”. ”, which includes having a Border Patrol emergency medical technician on hand and supplying water, towels and portable toilets.
The White House has also directed US agencies to work with Haitian and other governments to provide aid and assistance to migrants in those respective countries.
Haitians were crossing the Rio Grande freely, passing knee-deep waters—the only thing separating them between the US and Mexico. Those who could not buy supplies and necessities in the Americas, including food and cardboard, traveled briefly to Mexico to cross the Rio Grande, settling temporarily under or near a bridge in Del Rio. was used for, would have to retrieve.
Many migrants made tents and temporary shelters out of giant reeds of carrizo cane, while also using the river for bathing and laundry.
According to a statement outlining the strategy released Saturday morning, the DHS stressed that under the Biden administration “the borders are not open, and people should not undertake dangerous travel.” It also stressed that migrants crossing the border would be subject to restrictions, including expulsion.
Contributions: Associated Press and Martha Psakowski of The El Paso Times