The Biden administration has begun preparing deportation flights to Haiti in order to curb the number of undocumented migrants flooding into Del Rio, Texas, after nearly 14,000 immigrants began camping in the area as thousand continue to arrive.
Department of Homeland Security officials are planning as many as eight flights per day to Haiti, starting on Sunday, about a week since President Joe Biden cancelled repatriation flights to Haiti.
Haiti – which is recovering from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people and damaged more than 100,000 homes – is prepared to only accept at least three flights a day, but Biden’s administration will push for the eight, The Washington Post reported.
Despite the oncoming deportation blitz, thousands of Haitian continue to cross the US-Mexico border, wading through dark waters of the Rio Grande in order to reach America.
Another US official added that the deportation flights were not a targeted measure against Haitian immigrants, but merely the application of the US law to swiftly return the influx of migrants.
Under Title 42 of the US pandemic enforcement measures, the nation is allowed to conduct a rapid expulsion of migrants who cross the Mexican border illegally.
‘This isn’t about any one country or country of origin,’ a US official told the Post. ‘This is about enforcing border restrictions on those who continue to enter the country illegally and put their lives and the lives of the federal workforce at risk.’
While a federal judge block the used of Title 42 on Thursday, the stay does not go into effect for two weeks, allowing the administration enough time to conduct more than 100 deportation flights.
The Biden administration had also filed an appeal on Friday.
The Post reported that the deportation measure would be in acted in hopes of discouraging immigrants from making the trip to America, but migrants continue the journey regardless of the consequences.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ronny Reyes and Keith Griffith; Reuters