Chaos over Haitian’s migration to the US-Mexico border: A look at the ongoing crisis

More than 10,000 Haitians rushed in recent days near Del Rio, Texas, and have sought to stream into the US. They created a large migrant camp under an overhead bridge between Cohuville, Mexico, and Del Rio. News agency Reuters reported that many people with small children and toddlers under makeshift shelters, made out of reeds in Del Rio, Texas, just across the river from Mexico.

The conditions were worsening day by day as the migrants continued to enter the US in hopes of getting asylum in the country. The impact of the crisis was not mild as the traffic between the US and Mexico has been disrupted, interrupting life in those towns. 

Haiti’s president was assassinated and an earthquake struck over the summer in the country. This paved the way for social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and a lack of basic resources in the country. Haitian migrants are seeking asylum in the U.S, with economic opportunities drying up in Latin America as the pandemic continues.  On September 21, the Haitians arrived at the airport as part of their deport by the US in Port-au-Prince tried to rush back to the plane they arrived. The US started flying out migrants from a Texas border town that has seen an invasion in recent weeks. In a separate incident in Texas, a group of Haitians fought Border Patrol agents and attempted to escape after realizing they were being deported.

Many of those arriving at the US border now had left Haiti long ago and were either living or staying in other Central and South American countries, from Guatemala to Chile. The situation at the US-Mexico border has drawn widespread condemnation and Human rights activists are condemning images of US border agents, mounted on horseback, trying to divert the migrants almost as if they are animals. US envoy to Haiti resigned and commented on the US’s stand on the matter saying it as “inhumane”.

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The Biden administration is using a Trump-era Covid policy to fly these Haitians back to Port-au-Prince after days of detaining them in the US and left them there. This has triggered chaos at the airport there. The US is addressing the root cause of the massive migration and is focusing on its work to clear out the camps, said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Us further says that they would save the lives of the migrants who were stuck at the border.