Haitian migrants wait on border as US officials prepare deportations

  • Some 14,000 migrants are camped on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas, waiting to open asylum claims with Customs and Border Protection.
  • The Department of Homeland Security announced Saturday morning a six-point plan, which included sending 400 additional CBP agents and officers to the Del Rio sector.
  • CBP closed the port of entry between Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña on Friday night, redirecting traffic 57 miles east to Eagle Pass, Texas. Pass, Texas.

CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico — Riquet Terneus, 34, left Haiti with his wife and 7-year-old daughter three months ago, searching for a new home for his family.

“Haiti doesn’t provide safety,” he said. “People are scared to go out on the street. If you need any services or a hospital, there’s nowhere to go.”

In the months since Terneus left, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,000 in the small nation. 

Terneus says the worst part of the journey from South America was crossing the rainforest on foot in Panama’s Darien Gap. After a month of waiting in Tapachula, Chiapas on Mexico’s southern border, Terneus took buses north to Del Rio, Texas.

Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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