Haitian migrant deportations are what have prompted the resignation of the special envoy for Haiti.
Daniel Foote’s resignation letter decries the inhumanity of the United States’ decision to send migrants to a country where gang violence controls daily life.
Recently, the U.S. has begun deporting migrants from a border town in Texas where an influx of over 13,000 people is underway, some of whom have gathered under a bridge. In temperatures of 37C, they had been waiting in a makeshift camp (99F).
Providing the locals with food and sanitation has been difficult for the authorities
However, Haitians and Cubans are predominant, although Peruvians, Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, and Cubans are also in attendance.
In the days since Sunday, the U.S. has returned 1,401 Haitian migrants from the Tijuana migrant camp on the U.S.-Mexico border. Haiti’s main airport went into chaos on Wednesday, as flights transporting deportees arrived.
According to Mr Foote, however, the Haitian population “just cannot sustain the forced injection of thousands of returning migrants who are food and housing insecure while thousands more arrive without any funds, all without extra, needless human tragedy.”
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Comparisons have been drawn between the use of American cavalry in corralling Central American migrants and the oppression of African Americans in the United States’ past.
Most widely shared images of the US Border Patrol’s alleged usage of their horses to push back the border crossers show agents on horseback restraining border crossers with their reins, and then using their equestrian strength to drive them back towards the Rio Grande River, which is the US-Mexico border.
A significant number of Haitians fled the nation following a catastrophic earthquake in 2010, and many of them ended up in the camp after having previously lived in other South American countries.
More poverty has arrived this year. While Jovenel Moïse was Haiti’s president in July, he was murdered, and only four months later, the country was hit by a devastating earthquake.