Expelled by the United States, Haitians are in shock: “I do not know this country”


But the Biden administration, facing the highest level of border crossings in decades, has implemented policies aimed at slowing the entry of migrants. Haitian deportations comply with these policies, officials said over the weekend.

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, said Monday that while the United States extended protection to Haitians who arrived in the country before July 29, those who arrive now are not covered.

“We are very concerned that Haitians who use this irregular migration route are receiving false information that the border is open or that temporary protection status is available,” he said in a statement. press conference in Del Rio, where thousands of Haitians have camped. . “I want to make sure people know this is not the way to come to America.”

“Trying to enter the United States illegally is not worth the tragedy, the money or the effort,” he added.

Department spokeswoman Meira Bernstein did not respond to a question about allegations that the deportees were told they were on their way to Florida.

Clarity on US policy is of no use to Mr Vyles and others who left their homes months ago, believing Mr Biden would reverse the anti-immigration stance taken by his predecessor, Donald J Trump. Mr. Vyles is still in shock to find himself in Haiti.

In Panama, he fell in love, had children, and became a licensed welder and carpenter, earning $ 60 a day – a good income by Haitian standards, where many live without running water, electricity, and the prospect of work. and the constant fear of kidnapping and extortion by gangs. In Colón, Panama, in the Caribbean, his children went to school for free and he never worried about walking the streets, even at night.

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