As thousands of Haitian refugees gather at the Texas border, the US is attempting to block entry into Del Rio and is actively turning refugees away.
Amid the chaotic crowd of 15,000, authorities began flying the Haitians back to their native country, although many have already found alternate routes to enter the country. Despite a lineup of Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles and yellow police tape to prevent migrants from crossing a dam, the group managed to cross. A mere mile and a half downstream, hundreds walked through waist-deep river water and flowed directly into Texas.
After the US planes departed, Haitian authorities expressed an inability to care for their citizens amid the recent earthquake, rampant disease, and a struggling government after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. As of Sunday, September 19th, the US sent three planes full of refugees back.
Since the beginning of the Biden administration, millions of illegal immigrants have successfully crossed the southern border. The crisis led states including Arizona, Nebraska, and Florida to send aid to help Texas protect its southern border in response to the minimal federal effort.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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