WASHINGTON – Images are displayed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are chasing Haitian migrants The U.S.-Mexico border on horseback are “terrible,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, adding more information about the situation.
“I’ve seen some of the images, I don’t have the whole context. I can’t imagine what context would make it appropriate, but I don’t have more information, and certainly, … I don’t think anyone who sees the image thinks it’s acceptable or appropriate. “, Psaki told reporters.
CBP agents accused immigrants of carrying only food and water, as well as clothing on their backs, as they tried to plunder the river on the U.S. side.
“Let’s go! Get out now! Back to Mexico!” agents shouted. One man stumbled and fell while trying to dodge the agent’s whip.
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When it was pressed whether the border guards should dismiss it or let them do it again, Psaki said: “Of course they should never be able to do it again, I don’t know what the conditions would be, it’s obviously awful, footage, I don’t have any more information about it, so let I dare to do it and see if there is anything else to say. “
A camp of more than 10,000 migrants crossing the Rio Grande at low points between Ciudad Acuña (Mexico) and Del Rio (Texas) has been waiting under the Del Rio International Bridge to open an asylum application. U.S. and Mexican authorities warned on Sunday that those in the camp would be deported back to Haiti.
Horace G. Campbell, a professor of African American studies and political science at Maxwell School at Syracuse University, called the expulsion of Haitians “inhuman” and “criminal.”
“The economic conditions in Haiti since 2010 have been indescribable,” Campbell said. “And what the U.S. government is doing is unspeakable because of the crisis in Haiti. As one person said, it means something criminal.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters on Monday that CBP is coordinating with the immigration and customs authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard to relocate migrants to other treatment facilities for removal. The agency has relocated about 3,500 migrants “in recent days and 3,000 today,” he said.
“We are in the midst of a pandemic and a critical migration challenge,” Mayorkas said. “We will continue to use the 42 powers of the Center for Disease Control (and Prevention).”
Under Title 42, CBP can expel illegal immigrants to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is “not an immigration authority, but a public health authority,” Mayorkas said.
Campbell strongly disagreed with the deportation of Haitian migrants.
“This only perpetuates white racist shame against the Haitian people. And these people are not from Haiti,” Campbell said.
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