Thousands of Haitian Migrants Heading to US Despite Mass Expulsions

In Summary

In just nine days, the United States has deported nearly 4,000 migrants back to Haiti under Title 42. 

The United States expelled nearly 4,000 Haitian migrants in just nine days.  

According to CBS News, the deportations included families with children who were not allowed to seek asylum as their country remains damaged by political strife and the aftermath of natural disasters.  

The mass deportations are being conducted under Title 42, which was first put in place under the Trump administration in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The rule permits the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stop allowing people into the United States if they pose a serious risk of introducing a disease into the United States.  

The quick pace of the expulsions could make it one of the fastest and largest deportation efforts of migrants by air. Between September 19 and September 27, there were 37 flights that transported 3,936 migrants, CBS reported. About 44% of the people deported back to Haiti were women and children. The deportations also included hundreds of children born in Chile, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama deported with their Haitian-born parents.  

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Despite this, thousands of Haitians plan to return to the United States. According to a report by The Hill, Panamanian government officials said approximately 4,000 Haitian migrants have passed through en route back to the U.S.  

The Biden administration has been under fire for their handling of immigration and the crisis at the U.S.- Mexico border. As Haitian migrants attempted to cross into the United States, they were met with border patrol agents on horses using reigns to prevent them from entering. 

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The images of the treatment of migrants sparked outrage and lawmakers called for Biden and his cabinet to halt the deportations. Since the photos surfaced, an investigation was launched by the Department of Homeland Security and the use of horse patrols was temporarily suspended, but deportations continued.  

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Daniel Foote, the man appointed as the U.S. special envoy to Haiti, then resigned, citing the “inhumane” treatment migrants faced at the border. In his resignation letter to the State Department, he said, “I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the dangers posed by armed gangs in control of daily life.”  

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