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Live updates: Biden’s envoy to Haiti resigns over ‘inhumane’ treatment; police guard Rio Grande’s banks

  • September 23, 2021

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified this week before Congress about images of federal agents on horseback chasing migrants and the administration’s plan for deporting Haitians back to their home country.

Thousands of migrants were living in a makeshift camp this week along the river bank separating Del Rio, Texas, from Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.

On Thursday, the U.S. special envoy for Haiti resigned his post over what he called an “inhumane” decision to send back thousands of Haitian migrants.

More:Despite threats of repatriation to Haiti, migrant families survive in a camp beside Rio Grande

Mexican State Police, Texas State Troopers stand guard on banks of RIo Grande

Mexican State Police guarded the south bank of the Rio Grande on Thursday while Texas State Troopers formed along the river’s north bank as Haitian migrants were left to decide whether to cross into the United States.

Aerial photos shot by the El Paso Times show about a dozen Mexican State Police vehicles spaced out along a path that runs alongside the Rio Grande near where a surge of Haitian migrants have been crossing into Del Rio.

On the U.S. side of the river, about four times as many Texas State Trooper vehicles held a tight formation near a bridge where migrants have set up a makeshift camp.

— Rick Rouan

according to the El Paso Times.

The park entrance was blocked, the Associated Press reported, and a helicopter flew overhead on Thursday morning. State police vehicles spaced about 30 feet apart and a fence line funneled migrants to the crossing point they had been using to enter the U.S.

— Lauren Villagran, El Paso Times, and the Associated Press

President Biden’s envoy to Haiti resigns over ‘inhumane’ treatment of Haitian migrants

WASHINGTON – A career U.S. diplomat to Haiti has resigned over the Biden administration’s “inhumane” decision to deport thousands of Haitians attempting to enter the U.S. back to the island nation.

Ambassador Daniel Foote, a Special Envoy for Haiti, wrote in his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he could not be associated with the government’s “inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees.” He has been in his post for two months.

Foote added that the U.S. approach to Haiti “remains deeply flawed,” and that his advice has been ignored.

The letter was originally reported by PBS News Hour and Le Nouvelliste, a Haitian newspaper.

The move comes days after jarring images circulated from the Texas border with Mexico, where thousands of Haitian migrants arrived after migrating through other Latin American countries.

“The people of Haiti, mired in poverty, hostage to terror, kidnappings, robberies, and massacres of armed gangs and suffering under a corrupt government with gang alliances, simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy,” Foote wrote.

Foote, who has spent his career in the Foreign Service, was appointed as Special Envoy in July

— Matthew Brown

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