Port-au-Prince, Haiti-The Haiti government has banned immigrants from the United States in unison, claiming that Haiti is in serious political and humanitarian crisis and has no means of accepting thousands of homeless people. Protested the administration’s plans. Exiled.
Haiti’s director of national immigration, Jean Negot Bonnur Delva, said authorities expect 14,000 Haiti to be expelled from the United States in the next three weeks. Officials said they were preparing to receive three flights of immigrants to the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, just on Sunday.
“Haiti cannot actually accept these exiles,” Bonnur Delva said in an interview.
Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moise, was assassinated in July. A month later, the country’s poor southern peninsula was devastated by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake, forcing unstable governments in the Caribbean to face the collapse of a deadly natural disaster.
Traditionally, most Haitian migrants have fled violence and economic deprivation in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where about half of the country’s population lives. However, the recent wave of immigrants has fled the quake-stricken areas.
According to a UN report released last week, 800,000 people were affected by the earthquake and 650,000 people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance a month later.
Many Haitians deported from the United States may return to southern villages and towns destroyed by the earthquake, where running water and electricity have not yet been restored.
Bonheur Delva said “ongoing security issues in the country” made it very difficult to reset thousands of people. He said the country was unable to provide adequate safety and food to returnees, and that the Covid-19 pandemic further complicated the country’s ability to accept so many people at once.
“I want a humane moratorium,” he said. “The situation is very difficult.”
After suspending deportation to Haiti after the August earthquake, which killed more than 2,000 people, the Biden administration changed course last week when Haitian migrants flooded Texas from Koahuira, Mexico.
Thousands of Haitian immigrants crossed the Rio Grande River and flocked under the bridge in Del Rio, Texas, further straining the already overwhelming immigration system in the United States.
The news that the Biden administration will begin deportation again is struggling to find the best way for the new government to respond.
Generally, Mr Bonnur said the country accepts up to 48 hours of exiles to handle arrivals at the country. If the United States implemented a plan to send up to four flights a day, it was unclear how authorities could do so.
“Do we have all that logistics?” Bonnur said. “Are we enough to feed these people?”