Haitian Prime Minister Speaks Out About US Border Crisis

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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry informed the international community that global migration will resume as long as there is inequality.  

Haiti’s prime minister Ariel Henry spoke out about the recent US border crisis involving migrants and border control. Henry argues that “human beings, fathers and mothers who have children, are always going to flee poverty and conflict,” as reported by The Associated Press.  

“We do not wish to challenge the right of a sovereign state to control the entry borders into its territory, or to send back to the country of origin those who enter a country illegally,” he states. 

“Migration will continue as long as the planet has both wealthy areas, whilst most of the world’s population lives in poverty, even extreme poverty, without any prospects of a better life,” Henry argued, the AP reported. 

Henry’s statement stems from the Biden administration’s effort to remove thousands of Haitian migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border. The prime minister said the images and videos which showed the U.S border patrol agents aggressively chasing down migrants on horseback “shocked many people.” 

According to The Hill, U.S Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas informed reporters the U.S had deported nearly 2,000 Haitians who had been gathered under a bridge in Del Rio.  

Mayorkas argued the deportations were being carried out due to “a public health need.” 

Due to Title 42, a policy in which migrants may be directly removed from the country during the pandemic without providing them the chance to claim asylum, the migrants were expelled.  

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