US migrant camp closed as Haitians migrants shunted far away

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(C) Reuters. A migrant seeking refuge in the U.S. crosses the Rio Grande river with his son on shoulders, at the border towards Del Rio, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril


By Adrees Latif and Kristina Cooke

DEL RIO, Texas (Reuters) -An impromptu border camp has been emptied of thousands of Haitian migrants, a county judge in Texas said on Friday, as U.S. deportation flights and transport to Mexico has closed a chapter that has roiled U.S. politics over the past week.

Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens, who has been keeping tabs on the number of people in the camp, said only “stragglers” remained of up to 15,000 people who camped on the banks of the Rio Grande bordering Mexico a week ago.

A Reuters witness said the shanty town-like jumble of makeshift shelters and tents had all but disappeared by Friday afternoon, with workers clearing the last debris.

As well as the Biden administration’s contentious use of expulsion flights that have carried at least 1,400 back to instability in Haiti, Mexico has also sought to bus and fly Haitians to its southern states, far from the U.S. border.

Thousands more are in U.S. detention centers and several hundred have been released in Texas.

On Friday, Reuters reported that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had formally asked Brazil to receive some of the Haitians from the camp, according to two sources with knowledge of the request.

Many of the Haitians arriving at the U.S. border had previously lived in Brazil and Chile, while others have transited through the South American countries.

U.S. President Joe Biden has faced strong criticism in recent days over the expulsions to Haiti, including in a sternly worded resignation letter from the U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote who said the Caribbean nation was a collapsed state.

The U.S. government in May extended temporary protection from deportation to Haitians in the United States, citing a political crisis, rights abuses, crime, and lack of access to food, water, and healthcare in the Western hemisphere’s poorest country.

Since then, Haiti’s president has been assassinated and it suffered a destructive earthquake.

Foote’s resignation followed widespread outrage stirred up by images of a U.S. border guard on horseback unfurling a whip-like cord against at Haitian migrants near their camp.

At least five more flights taking Haitians from the border camp were scheduled on Friday, flight tracking website Flightaware showed.

US migrant camp closed as Haitians migrants shunted far away

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