UPDATED 8:23 AM PT – Monday, September 20, 2021
The U.S. is deporting Haitian migrants as the border crisis in Del Rio, Texas continues. More than 300 migrants were flown back to Haiti on Sunday.
U.S. officials are aiming to move more than 12,000 people that have been camping under the International Bridge. Authorities told the Associated Press that 3,300 migrants have already been removed.
Situation at the US-Mexico border right now, with thousands of Haitian migrants waiting to be processed:pic.twitter.com/Ab1aXljD7t
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Several immigrants have said they did not want to return home while also suggesting the country is in political crisis.
“Our teams are ready to receive and process these migrants deported by force in our two airports, but the problem is that the people don’t accept the forced deportations because that is the reason they left Haiti,’ stated Jean Negot Bonheur Delva, General Coordinator for Haiti’s National Office of Immigration. “They did not want to live in Haiti, so even if we had the best, the biggest, the best equipped center in the world here to receive them, they wouldn’t accept it because for them Haiti is hell.”
In the meantime, officials said the rest of the migrants should be returned home as soon as this week.