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Haitian Migrants at Texas Border
News Bytes 09/22/2021 18 Comments

The U.S. government is ramping up flights returning Haitian migrants to their homeland. South of the U.S.-Mexico dividing line, Mexico is busing people away. Options are dwindling as thousands of Haitian migrants decide on which side of the border to stay.

The immigration problem will take wisdom from on high to resolve. God Himself ordains laws and protections for innocent people. (Romans 13:1-2) God also commands kindness to the strangers and foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19) and issues special blessing on those who offer sustenance and welcome. (Matthew 25:34-35) But leaders must balance national interests such as security and their own citizens’ welfare with the needs of those seeking entry. It’s a good idea to pray for both the frightened migrants and the perplexed lawmakers and law enforcement agents.

More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at Del Rio, Texas. So many of Haiti’s people are fleeing government turmoil, gang violence, and catastrophic natural disasters in their already impoverished country. The strong response from U.S. officials includes returning migrants to their destitute Caribbean country and using horse patrols to stop them from entering the Texas town.

On Monday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called the situation “challenging and heartbreaking.” But he issued a stark warning: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life.”

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, says most of the Haitians weren’t seeking to stay in Mexico. “What they are asking for is to be allowed to pass freely through Mexico to the United States,” he says.

So far, Mexico has made only small-scale arrests in parts of Mexico where Haitians are in transit. The plan is to take the migrants to Monterrey, in northern Mexico, and Tapachula, in the south. Flights to Haiti from those cities will begin in coming days.

Mayorkas and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz are investigating reports of agents on horseback using what appear to be whips and their horses to push back migrants at the river between Acuña and Del Rio. The Department of Homeland Security promises a full investigation that would “define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken.”

Thousands of migrants remain camped near Del Rio around a bridge. The number at the bridge peaked at 14,872 on Saturday, says Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

Mayorkas says 600 Homeland Security employees, including from the Coast Guard, have been brought to Del Rio. He has asked the Defense Department for help in what may be one of the swiftest large-scale expulsions of migrants and refugees from the United States in decades.

He also says the United States will increase the pace and size of flights to Haiti and other countries.

The rapid expulsions are related to laws passed during the pandemic. They allow migrants to be immediately removed from the United States. President Joe Biden exempted unaccompanied children from the order but let the rest stand.

Some of the migrants at the Del Rio camp say the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti and the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse make them afraid to return to a country that seems more unstable than when they left.

“It’s not right,” said Haitian migrant Jean Philipe Samus. “The Americans are grabbing Haitians and deporting everyone to Haiti. Haiti has no president, no jobs, there is nothing. In the earthquake a lot of people died. It’s not right over there. I’m going back to Mexico.”

(Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande River from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Mexico on September 20, 2021, to avoid deportation from the United States. AP/Felix Marquez)

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I don't know what to think. I understand that they have no president, and Haiti is impoverished, but if we let them in, where do we draw the line for other countries.

No. Way.

Finally, the Biden Regime is doing something half right for a change. Don't let them in unless they go through the legal process of immigration.

this is mylee

..... I mean I feel bad for those ppl. But we shouldn't let lots of ppl into our country.

I wonder who's paying for

I wonder who's paying for those flights....

that is kinda sad [sorry it

that is kinda sad [sorry it was acting up]

[so i couldnt be 1st]

[so i couldnt be 1st]

@Above

I agree with Sarah F and Asher E. I realize that Haiti is not good for them, but we can't just have tons of illegal people in here taking citizen's jobs. I am perfectly fine with them coming to America as long as they come legally.

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1) you are reading this
2) you are human
3) you cant say p without shutting your lips
5) you just tried it
6) you are smiling
7) you didnt realize i skipped the 4th number
8) you are checking
9) you didnt realize i skipped the two
10) you just got tricked cause there is a two

@N A

Probably Biden

@Asher E

Now if only they'd make Mexicans follow the rules and let Cubans follow the rules...

Hmm Intresting

Hmm interesting...

I think that

I think that
1- First, it's really sad that so many people have to flee their country.
2- As many people as possible who try to come in legally should be let in.
3- If someone try's to get in illegally they shouldn't be let in at all.

@ Samuel K Copy cat!!!!!!!!!

@ Samuel K Copy cat!!!!!!!!!

This really sucks, I wish we

This really sucks, I wish we could let them all in but I know its not that simple.

:)

i know i am a copy cat but it says to copy it also i am not samuel k i am his sister

*smirks

*smirks

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3 Rings for the Elven Lords under the sky,
7 for the Dwarf-Lords in their halls of stone,
9 for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the land of Mordor where the shadow lies,
One Ring to rule them all, one Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them,
In the land of Mordor where the shadow lies.

you just tried it

you just tried it
6) you are smiling
7) you didnt realize i skipped the 4th number
8) you are checking
9) you didnt realize i skipped the two
10) you just got tricked cause there is a two

AE
@N A
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 12:33 | BY ASHER E
Probably Biden

AL
@Asher E
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 14:18 | BY ADDIE L
Now if only they'd make Mexicans follow the rules and let Cubans follow the rules...

MJ
Hmm Intresting
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 14:26 | BY MIRELA J
Hmm interesting...

HW
I think that
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 15:24 | BY HANNAH W
I think that
1- First, it's really sad that so many people have to flee their country.
2- As many people as possible who try to come in legally should be let in.
3- If someone try's to get in illegally they shouldn't be let in at all.

JM
@ Samuel K Copy cat!!!!!!!!!
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 16:46 | BY JONATHAN M
@ Samuel K Copy cat!!!!!!!!!

PG
This really sucks, I wish we
PERMALINK ON WED, 09/22/2021 - 19:53 | BY PHILLIP G
This really sucks, I wish we could let them all in but I know its not that simple.

SK
:)

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