The White House has condemned the way the Border Patrol is treating Haitians at large at the border, where agents were filmed using whip-like lengths to intimidate migrants and enforce their orders has gone.
“I don’t think anyone looking at that footage would find it acceptable or appropriate,” press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. “It’s terrifying to watch.”
In one video, a Border Patrol agent can be seen shouting at a crowd of migrants, many of them ruthlessly after forcing the Rio Grande in search of food and water before boarding a horse.
“You use your women, that’s why your country s***,” says the man.
Tensions run high in Del Rio, Texas, on the US-Mexico border, where more than 12,000 migrants, many of whom are Haitians, have set up a makeshift refugee camp as they flee their country’s disintegrating political situation and seek asylum. are.
On Sunday, the US began flying migrants from camps back to the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, where the country has been grappling with a massive earthquake in August and the assassination of its president in July.
“At this time we have no choice but to increase repatriation flights,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Meyercas said on Sunday.
Under Title 42, the Trump-era migration policy that was instituted to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the US is turning away most border-crossers before applying for asylum, with a few exceptions.
Last week, a federal judge ruled that the policy should not apply to families, but the decision does not take effect for another two weeks and the Biden administration is appealing the decision.
“What strikes me about it is that everyone knows what we Haitians are going through,” one person told the Al Jazeera film crew. “There is no president. Crime is high. Students are not able to go to school. There is no work. The economy is down. People can’t stand it. Deportation is not good for us.”
Migrants were able to cross the US-Mexico border to get food and medicine, but officials have warned they will not be allowed back in the future.
“We are stuck,” Jonsito Jean, 37, a father of two, told Reuters. “There is no human condition … we have to go out to buy water.”
The Border Patrol has said it is providing food, water, portable toilets and other humanitarian services to people in the border camp.
Images of the scene, of Border Patrol agents in cowboy hats using whip-like lengths to ensnare mostly black migrants, have led some to compare the treatment to how slave-catchers during the 19th century killed enslaved people. mistreated.
“It’s heinous,” wrote Kaitlyn Greenidge Harper’s Bazaar Magazine on Twitter. “And there’s no way this administration or its supporters can say it’s always okay.”
“Here’s What the US Border Patrol Is Doing to Round Up #haitian,” added commentator Dene Joseph, who hosts a podcast about Black immigrants. “They look a lot like slave patrols that would be sent to capture slaves dead or alive. #border crisis“
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