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U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigns

A migrant and child sit wrapped in emergency blankets after crossing the Rio Grande into Texas. Associated Press/Photo by Fernando Llano

U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigns

The Biden administration appointed Daniel Foote in July to support the U.S. ambassador to Haiti following President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. Foote resigned this morning in protest of the administration’s “inhumane” treatment of Haitian migrants at the Texas-Mexico border. He specifically criticized deportation flights and accusations of Border Patrol violence. Foote previously complained that the government has been ignoring and altering his recommendations for U.S. policy in Haiti.

What is the situation at the border? As of Thursday, 4,000 migrants who illegally crossed the Rio Grande remained at the encampment under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas. The camp recently held as many as 14,000 people. Thirteen expulsion flights have sent at least 1,400 Haitians back to their home country. The U.S. Border Patrol is processing roughly 3,200 more migrants in custody, and thousands returned to Mexico to avoid deportation. Some of the migrants have been released into the United States with orders to appear before immigration agents within 60 days.

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report in Compassion about where some of the Haitian migrants are going.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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My Two Cents

Where is Kamala? She has been given ONE job and to my knowledge she went to Mexico and one Central American nation to “discuss” the situation. That was many months ago. Put out an APB! The VP is MIA (or better, missing in inaction.)


Thank goodness they are removing some of them, but that still means over 90% are staying which is totally unacceptable!