Some Haitian migrants allowed to stay in U.S.
Authorities are releasing a large number of migrants at an encampment in Del Rio, Texas, into the country, two anonymous U.S. officials told the Associated Press. Border Patrol is instructing the migrants, mostly from Haiti, to appear at an immigration office within 60 days to speed up processing times as they try to clear the camp under the International Bridge. The Department of Homeland Security has been busing and flying groups to other border control locations as far as Tucson, Ariz., to ease the strain on Del Rio. Another U.S. official said they are increasing flights back to Haiti, scheduling up to seven each day. The camp population was down from more than 14,000 at its peak to 8,600 as of Tuesday evening.
Is the border open? Title 42 of the U.S. Code still prevents immigrants from entering the United States due to the pandemic. On Monday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned that anyone entering the country illegally will be sent home. The department has not said why some are now being allowed to stay. The officials said single adults are prioritized for expulsion flights.
Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in World Tour about Haiti’s recent political and natural disasters.
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