Haitians mass at US-Mex­ico bor­der, defy de­por­ta­tion pol­icy

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

About 1,000 Haitians shouted and shoved at the door of Mex­ico’s im­mi­gra­tion agency at the U.S. bor­der, which has found it­self an un­happy gate­way for thou­sands of would-be mi­grants in re­cent months hop­ing to cross into the United States. Des­per­ate for a few dozen slots granted daily with U.S. im­mi­gra­tion, they wrapped arms around each other to pre­vent any­one from cut­ting in line.

Thou­sands of Haitians have come to Ti­juana re­cently, over­flow­ing mi­grant shel­ters, of­ten sleep­ing out­side next to their back­packs. Many trav­eled 7,000 miles from Brazil through eight na­tions.

The U.S. De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity on Sept. 21 be­gan putting Haitians in de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties be­fore try­ing to send them back to their home­land — a de­par­ture from the pre­vi­ous prac­tice of free­ing them on hu­man­i­tar­ian pa­role. The U.S. soft­ened its pos­ture after Haiti’s 2010 earth­quake but now treats them like peo­ple from other coun­tries.

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