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Haiti - FLASH : 30,000 Haitian migrants on the Mexican border targeted by scammers
Estevez recalled that the Haitians began arriving in Tijuana in May 2016 and less than a year later, estimated that they are about 30,000, stranded at the border. Many had fled to Brazil after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but due to the economic crisis in Brazil, they are now trying to reach the United States.
Estevez warns the Haitians on a flyer in circulation that has attracted her attention. This flyer with the logo of a company called "Clearport" shows photos of people wearing Canadian flags, with the title "If you speak French, we have an option for you [...]" and explains "[...] If you want to find a job in Canada, give us a call or send your CV [...] Travel costs are paid by the company."
Estevez has done research on this company that seems not to exist. She says that some refugees are convinced that this company is affiliated with the Canadian government, but the Canadian Embassy in Mexico after verification confirms that this is not the case.
The researcher believes that this leaflet is linked to networks of traffickers of people who illegally drive desperate migrants to the United States or Canada. She warns that these migrants with virtually no money will have to pay back very large sums of money demanded by these gangs, working in prostitution or other forms of slavery as illegal.
According to the researcher, it is logical that these gangs consider Canada an option for Haitians because the United States is likely to expel them to Haiti if they seek asylum. She recalled that Haitians who had arrived in the United States were already likely to be deported before the new US President Donald Trump took office, but since, According to the researcher, it is logical that these gangs consider Canada an option for Haitians because the United States is likely to expel them to Haiti if they seek asylum. She recalled that Haitians who had arrived in the United States were already likely to be deported before the new US President Donald Trump took office, but since then, they are even less likely to be accepted as refugees.
Figures from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol show the number "inadmissible" Haitians arriving at the San Diego-area border crossing rose from 333 in 2015 to 6,377 in 2016. In the first several weeks of 2017, there have already been 7,589 "inadmissible" Haitians who have arrived at that U.S. border crossing.
In Tijuana, information is spreading that Haitians can be deported if they try to seek asylum in the US, prompting them to turn to human smugglers and traffickers by taking unacceptable risks .
Meanwhile, thousands of Haitians are stranded in overcrowded shelters and rare are those who can find work in Mexico more that one day on construction sites or as domestic servants, often for less than US $1 per hour...
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