The US wants to accelerate the deportations of migrants. The number of flights is to be increased. In addition, the first refugees from a camp were moved under a bridge.
In view of the pictures of thousands of migrants camping under a bridge in the US state of Texas on the border with Mexico, the US government has announced that it will increase its deportation flights. The number of deportation flights to Haiti and other countries in the region as well as their passenger capacities should be expanded “in the next 72 hours”, the Ministry of Homeland Security said on Saturday. According to media reports, 2,000 people have already been distributed to other reception centers.
In addition, the border guards have assigned 400 additional officers to ensure order in the wild migrant camp. The living conditions of the migrants in the camp should be improved. At the same time, the government is working with the countries of origin of the people so that they can accept their citizens again.
Most of the migrants are from Haiti
Previously, pictures had caused a sensation, showing thousands of migrants – according to US media reports up to 14,000 people – living under a bridge on the Rio Grande in the border town of Del Rio in Texas. Most of the people in the camp are from Haiti and had reached the United States from Mexico via the Rio Grande.
Thousands of refugees have sought refuge under a bridge in the US city of Del Rio. Some have already been relocated. (Source: San Antonio Express-News / dpa)
Given the situation in Del Rio, President Biden came under fire from both opposition Republicans and his Democrats. The Republicans accused Biden of encouraging more migrants to travel to the US with his decision to allow Haitians to stay in the US after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in late July, even without a valid visa.
The US authorities processed more than 200,000 applications from migrants at the Mexican border in July and August, and most of the people were turned away. It was the highest number in more than ten years.
Biden’s problem with Trump’s legacy
The situation on the border between Mexico and the United States is a huge political problem for Biden. The Republicans of ex-President Donald Trump are demanding a crackdown on illegal immigration and exploiting the issue as a tactical campaigner. Biden has promised a more humane refugee and immigration policy than under Trump and is being urged, especially by the left wing of the Democrats, to follow up on words with deeds.