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Haiti - FLASH : Thousands of Haitian migrants detained in the USA in a makeshift camp
18/09/2021 09:58:53

Haiti - FLASH : Thousands of Haitian migrants detained in the USA in a makeshift camp
The massive arrival since September 14, 2021, of more than 8,000 Haitian migrants (according to figures from local authorities) who have crossed the Rio Grande (border with the United States) in recent days has overwhelmed the American immigration authorities, who improvised a "makeshift camp" under the international bridge that connects Del Río (Texas) to Ciudad Acuña (Mexico) in South Texas while waiting to process asylum claims, creating an unprecedented logistical challenge for Americans.

Illegal migrants sleep in the open, lacking all basic services, conditions that threaten to create a new humanitarian emergency on the southern border.

The Biden government closed the border bridge between Del Río and Ciudad Acuña on Friday (September 17th).

Authorities in Del Rio say more than 12,000 migrants including Haitians have arrived in the camp and expect more in the coming days.

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday announced the closure of 6 border crossings with Mexico to "prevent caravans of migrants from invading the State...".

The sudden and massive influx of migrants presents the Biden administration with a new border emergency at a time when illegal crossings have peaked in 20 years.

The migrants arriving in Del Rio seem to be part of a larger wave of Haitians but also migrants from Honduras, Venezuela and El Salvador among others, heading north.

It is not known how many more could arrive in the coming days. The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to send additional officers to Del Rio to help process migrants, assigning them numbers as they line up to be formally apprehended, the first step in a refugee claim or other form of U.S. protection claim.

Note that most migrants are likely to be released in the United States with a notice to appear in court at a later date.

Note that according to statistics from the American border authorities, 29,000 people of Haitian origin, over the past 11 months, have traveled the jungles of Darien Gap in Panama, lived in migrant camps, suffered from criminal gangs in Central America, faced and escaped the border guards and military troops along the highways of southern Mexico https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34658-haiti-mexico-muscular-interception-of-migrants-dozens-of-haitians-arrested-video.html to finally arrive along the border of Mexico with the United States.

Republican Party leaders blamed Biden for his policies on Friday, blaming him for the massive influx of thousands of migrants to the southern border, which has seen a record number of irregular immigrant arrivals since taking office by President Biden in January 2021.

Bruno Lozano aka "Ralphy" Democratic mayor of the town, El Rio on Thursday urged the Biden government to recognize this new migration crisis and warned of the "serious consequences" that this crisis could have for safety and health.

To be continued...

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