Evacuation flights to Haiti began on Sunday and more than 500 have been evacuated
Two US officials told the Associated Press that the Biden administration claimed that Haitians camping in the Texas border town faced expulsion, thousands are being let into the US.
A source told the AP that many of the thousands have been released into the country with notices to appear in immigration court within 60 days.
The official said the Department of Homeland Security is busing Haitians from Del Rio to El Paso, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas border, and added flights to Tucson, Arizona this week. They are processed by the Border Patrol at those locations.
According to Reuters, evacuation flights to Haiti began on Sunday and more than 500 have been evacuated.
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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
Back in Port-au-Prince, many Haitians in exile expressed their anger and at least one expatriate tried unsuccessfully to get back on a plane returning to the US, according to Reuters.
“I’m angry [Haitian] government,” another deported expatriate, Yarenese Melidor, told Reuters. “We were told … that the Haitian government had signed to send us back to Haiti. They are all bad people, they are officers.”
The head of the UN refugee agency said the deportations could violate international law by sending refugees back into life-threatening situations, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the deportations “disregard common sense.” Reuters informed of.
DHS confirmed to Granthshala News on Tuesday that three US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were injured after “two separate disruptions” by Haitian migrants when they landed on the tarmac in Port-au-Prince. The injuries were not life threatening.
“On Tuesday, September 21, some adult migrants caused two separate disruptions on the tarmac after landing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,” a DHS spokesman said. “Haitian crowd control authorities responded to both incidents and resolved the situations. ICE fully respects the rights of all people to peacefully express their opinions, while maintaining their immigration status in line with our priorities, federal law and agency policy. Continuing the enforcement mission.”
US Sen. John Osoff, D-Ga., interrogated Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas said Tuesday during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on DHS’s sluggish response time to a “threat to America.”
Meyerkas responded that Osoff’s concern was “resonant” and that DHS “conducted an internal review on the speed” of his response as well as “implementing new procedures” to reduce response times.
Ossoff joined several Republicans on the committee in grabbing Meyerkas over the department’s backlog of requests.
Mayerkas visited the migrant camp on Monday.
US Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for confirmation.
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