Even though the Biden administration claimed that the Haitians camping in a Texas border town will face expulsion, thousands of them are being allowed into the country, according to two U.S. officials.
Per an Associated Press report, many of these people have been allowed into the U.S. while being given notices to appear at an immigration court anytime within 60 days, according to one source.
The Department of Homeland Security has been transporting the migrants from Del Rio to other places near the Texas border, including El Paso, Laredo, and Rio Grande Valley. This week, they added flights to Tucson in Arizona, too, the official revealed. Border Patrol process the migrants at those locations.
Expulsion Flights for Haitian Migrants Begin
On Sunday, expulsion flights have started, transporting over 500 people back to Haiti, Reuters reported.
The officials spoke to the news outlets on the condition of anonymity since they don’t have the authority to discuss the matter.
In Port-au-Prince, a lot of the deported Haitians felt angry, with some migrants unsuccessfully trying to get back on a plane that’s going back to the U.S.
According to the head of the U.N. refugee agency, the expulsions could violate international law if they send refugees back to life-threatening situations. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described the deportation as somethings that “defy common sense.”
On Tuesday, DHS revealed to Fox News that three officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement suffered injuries following two differed disruptions by Haitian migrants when they got out of the plane on the tarmac at Port-au-Prince. Luckily, the said injuries were not life-threatening.
On Tuesday, Sen. John Ossoff (D-Ga.) questioned the slow response of Homeland Security Department Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during a hearing on “Threats to the U.S.”
In Response, Mayorkas said that the senator’s concern was “resonant” and that his department has conducted an “internal review of the pace” of its response. He also said it “implemented new procedures” to speed up the response time.