TSR Politics: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to increase deportation flights to Haiti over the next week as more than 10,000 immigrants, primarily Haitians, take refuge under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
Next week, ICE reportedly plans to fly eight deportation flights to Haiti and will then increase that number to 10 a week to address the further surge in migration at the southern border of the United States, according to documents obtained by NBC News.
The flights had previously been stopped by the Biden administration in response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti last month. A single deportation flight can house about 135 migrants, Department of Homeland Security officials said.
Authorities also said that most of the Haitians who come do not come directly from the island, but have been living in South America for several years.
In addition to the deportation flights, ICE will also begin “side flights,” in which Haitian migrants will be transferred to other sectors of the US border for processing, to address the overcrowding in Del Rio, according to another document.
The migrants will be sent back to Haiti and not to South America, even though many of these migrants have not lived in Haiti for years due to a combination of natural disasters and political crises, officials explained.
Haitian Bridge Alliance, an advocacy organization, says the Biden administration should not deport Haitians “without offering them legal protection and the opportunity to seek asylum.”
Spokespersons for ICE and Homeland Security did not immediately respond to NBC’s requests for comment on the matter.
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