About one million Haitians live in the United States, the largest of which are concentrated in Miami, Boston, and New York. However, the Haiti community has blossomed in Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, and California.
This week, the United States resumed a deportation flight to Haiti under Title 42, an emergency public health order that blocked the border during a pandemic and empowered the government to keep immigrants away. The Immigration and Customs Department repatriated about 90 Haitians, including their families, to their home countries on Wednesday.
Immigrants said the move should provide Haitians with the opportunity to apply for legal protection and asylum, rather than repatriating Haitians to their problematic home countries just one month after the quake. It drew sharp criticism from defenders and lawmakers.
Steve Forester, immigration policy coordinator at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, said:
However, returning Haitians to their homeland is “essential to prevent this kind of situation from developing,” said Mark Clicorian, secretary-general of the Immigration Research Center, which supports immigration control. “If Haitians who reach the border with the United States leave their homes, more will do it. You have lived in Brazil or Chile for years and one of your children is here. If you were born, you are not eligible for asylum. You have firmly resettled in another country. “
On Friday, in a spillway north of the Del Rio International Bridge, a two-lane road connecting a small bicultural city and Mexico, migrants in an increasing crowd calm down while waiting to be dealt with by border guards. Is gone. They roamed a camp full of hundreds of new arrivals on Friday, crossing the Rio Grande River into Ciudad Real Madrid, where they bought hot food and cold drinks to carry.
Near the bridge, enterprising immigrants set up shops and shouted for their goods and prices. It was like an open-air market, with piles of garbage scattered on the ground by noon. As the sun got stronger, so did the dust, leaving thin layers on clothes, cell phones, and bodies.