Haiti’s leader: Migration won’t end unless inequality does

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Amid the uproar over the US’s treatment of Haitian asylum seekers, the beleaguered island country’s beleaguered prime minister has bluntly said inequalities and conflict drive migration, but he refrained from directly criticizing Washington on the issue.

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Prime Minister Ariel Henry said in a video speech, “We do not wish to challenge the right of a sovereign state to control entry borders into its territory, or to deport those who have entered a country illegally back to the country of origin. want.” The annual meeting of world leaders of the United Nations General Assembly.

But “man, father and mother who have children, are always going to run away from poverty and struggle,” he said. “Migration will continue as long as the planet has both prosperous regions, while the majority of the world’s population lives in poverty, even extreme poverty, without any prospect of a better life.”

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In addition, “we believe that many of the countries that are prosperous today were created through successive waves of migrants and refugees,” he said.

Ariel said his country has been grappling with the assassination of its president, an earthquake and a migration crisis – over the past three months. And Ariel’s government is facing increasing turmoil with presidential and legislative elections due on November 7.

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Ariel came under scrutiny by Haiti’s now-former chief prosecutor, who this month asked a judge to indict the prime minister in the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Mosse. Prosecutors said Henry spoke to a prime suspect twice in the hours following the murder.

Henry – who says he is trying to bring criminals to justice – fired the prosecutor and minister of justice last week. Another top official resigned accusing the prime minister of trying to obstruct justice.

Meanwhile, confusion about US immigration policies and misinformation on social media has pushed thousands of Haitians to the US southern border in recent months. A massive migrant camp – made up largely of Haitians, many of whom had been in Mexico or other Latin American countries for years – sprouted in the Texas city of Del Rio, with more than 14,000 people expected to enter the US last week .

Images of US Border Patrol agents using horses to stop and transfer migrants have sparked outrage, the resignation of the US special envoy for Haiti and an ongoing investigation. President Joe Biden called the agents’ tactics “terrible,” “dangerous” and “wrong.”

Now the camp has been evacuated. Some people have been deported; Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said about 12,400 migrants have been allowed to stay in the US, at least temporarily, to advance their claims of stay.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Haiti

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