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Haitians continue to cross US border amid largest migrant expulsion in decades

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Desperate Haitians carrying kids are wading via the neck-high waters of the Rio Grande river to strive to attain Texas — because the US has begun the largest expulsion of migrants or refugees in decades.

More than 320 migrants have been flown again to Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on three flights Sunday, and US authorities say they plan to expel the greater than 12,600 migrants camped round a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

But images on the crossing from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico present individuals nonetheless streaming in late Sunday — with many taking extra harmful dangers to evade officers, a few of who have been on horseback utilizing what appeared to be lariats as whips to hold them at bay.

Dramatic pictures confirmed some making the crossing whereas holding up younger kids — with one man holding a scared-looking lady on his proper shoulder because the water got here up to his neck.

Migrants wade throughout the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
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An expelled migrant arrives on September 19, 2021 at the airport in Port au Prince on September 19, 2021.
An expelled migrant arrives on September 19, 2021 on the airport in Port au Prince on September 19, 2021.
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Migrants wade across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
Migrants wade throughout the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
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Another held a diaper-wearing child simply above the water which was up to their chest.

Many tried crossing the river into the US about 1.5 miles east of the earlier spot, however they have been finally stopped by Border Patrol brokers on horseback and Texas legislation enforcement officers.

Agents yelled on the migrants who have been crossing in the waist-deep river to get out of the water — with Reuters reporters seeing mounted officers sporting cowboy hats and vests emblazoned with “POLICE U.S. BORDER PATROL” blocking their path.

Several migrants walk back into Mexico after attempting to cross the Rio Grande on September 19, 2021.
Several migrants stroll again into Mexico after making an attempt to cross the Rio Grande on September 19, 2021.
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A US border patrol agent attempts to grab a Haitian migrant as they attempt to make a break for the encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande.
A US border patrol agent makes an attempt to seize a Haitian migrant as they try to make a break for the encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers block the path of migrants as they cross the Rio Grande.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers block the trail of migrants as they cross the Rio Grande.
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The wire service noticed one officer unfurl a twine resembling a lariat like a whip, forcing one crossing immigrant to tumble again into the water.

In one other incident, the identical officer grabbed the again of the shirt of a migrant making an attempt to run up the financial institution with baggage of meals, Reuters mentioned.

The a number of hundred who had efficiently crossed and have been sitting alongside the river financial institution on the US aspect have been ordered to the Del Rio camp.

A Haitian father holds his son on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.
A Haitian father holds his son on the Mexican aspect of the Rio Grande.
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Haitian immigrants wade through the deep waters of the Rio Grande in order to get to the Del Rio camp situated on the US border.
Haitian immigrants wade via the deep waters of the Rio Grande in order to get to the Del Rio camp located on the US border.
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A National Guardsman watches as a bus moves migrants, mostly from Haiti, away from the International Bridge.
A National Guardsman watches as a bus strikes migrants, principally from Haiti, away from the International Bridge.
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But they won’t be there for lengthy, Border Patrol Chief Raul L. Ortiz mentioned Sunday. Since Friday, some 3,300 migrants have already been faraway from the Del Rio camp to planes or detention facilities — with the intention for all of them to be passed by the top of the week.

“Over the next 6 to 7 days our goal is to process the 12,662 migrants that we have underneath that bridge as quickly as we possibly can,” Ortiz mentioned.

“What we want to make sure is that we deter the migrants from coming into the region so we can manage the folks that are under the bridge at this point.”

Migrants attempt to cross the Rio Grande as Texas State Troopers block the path to the Del Rio camp.
Migrants try to cross the Rio Grande as Texas State Troopers block the trail to the Del Rio camp.
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A father carries his daughter on his shoulder as he wades through the neck-deep waters of the Rio Grande.
A father carries his daughter on his shoulder as he wades via the neck-deep waters of the Rio Grande.
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The US has already begun expelling migrants from the Texas encampment. the first flight took off on September 19, 2021.
The US has already begun expelling migrants from the Texas encampment. the primary flight took off on September 19, 2021.
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The large present of pressure might be one in every of America’s swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants or refugees in decades, The Associated Press famous.

The solely apparent parallel for such an expulsion with out a possibility to search asylum was in 1992 when the Coast Guard intercepted Haitian refugees at sea, mentioned Yael Schacher, senior U.S. advocate at Refugees International.

The fast expulsions have been made doable by a pandemic-related authority adopted by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 that permits for migrants to be instantly faraway from the nation with out a possibility to search asylum.

Haitian migrants, part of a group of over 10,000 people staying in an encampment on the US side of the border.
Haitian migrants, a part of a gaggle of over 10,000 individuals staying in an encampment on the US aspect of the border.
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Several migrants have left Haiti due to the political unrest after the assassination of their president and the recent earthquake.
Several migrants have left Haiti due to the political unrest after the assassination of their president and the latest earthquake.
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President Joe Biden exempted unaccompanied kids from the order however let the remainder stand.

Haitians have been migrating in giant numbers for a number of years, many having left their Caribbean nation after a devastating 2010 earthquake.

That has now elevated because the newest devastating earthquake, in addition to the uptick in violence blamed on political instability following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

United States Border Patrol agents have used lariats as whips to keep the migrants at bay.
United States Border Patrol brokers have used lariats as whips to hold the migrants at bay.
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US authorities say they plan to expel the more than 12,600 migrants camped around a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
US authorities say they plan to expel the greater than 12,600 migrants camped round a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
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“In Haiti, there is no security,” mentioned Fabricio Jean, a 38-year-old Haitian who arrived in Texas together with his spouse and two daughters. “The country is in a political crisis.”

Mackenley Pearre, 25, left impoverished Haiti in July together with his cousin, spouse and 2-year-old daughter due to the worsening violence and lack of ability to discover work as an electrician.

“You have to do something to not die of hunger,” he mentioned.

With Post wires

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