Haitians mass at US-Mexico border, defy deportation policy
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.