EXCLUSIVE: Haitian migrants land at El Paso international airport

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Planes carrying Haitian migrants from Del Rio, Texas continue to land in El Paso, Border Report confirmed on Tuesday.

The migrants got off a white US Coast Guard plane around 10 a.m. in an area of ​​the airport designated for cargo and private flights. They were placed in an unmarked white bus which was later spotted in the parking lot of a border patrol post in El Paso. Adult men and women, as well as children, could be seen collecting personal effects from the bus at the station.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said earlier that up to 500 Haitians would be airlifted from Del Rio to El Paso daily over the next few days. These migrants are subject to deportation under Title 42 public health order and will not be released back into the community, he said.

Ruben Garcia, executive director of Annunciation House in El Paso, said his shelter had not received any Haitian migrants from Del Rio as of Tuesday.

The bus at the border patrol station on Tuesday does not appear to be carrying many migrants. A second unmarked bus left the airport a few minutes later, empty.

Border Report asked for details of Haitian migrants arriving at US customs and border protection, but was told the situation in the El Paso area “is very fluid.” Agency officials said they were waiting for advice from headquarters to answer questions.

Hundreds of Haitians and citizens of other countries apprehended on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande in Del Rio are routed to other cities in Texas for treatment, as Val Verde County authorities grapple with a multitude of people from Mexico.

Most of these migrants are Haitians and Central Americans fleeing poverty, natural disasters and crime. An earthquake struck off the coast of Haiti in August, about a month after foreign mercenaries assassinated President Jovenel Moise.

Haitians who had remained in Mexico last week crossed the border between Acuna, Mexico and Del Rio, forcing authorities to contain them under a bridge on the US side. Over the past few days, the river has become a battleground, as U.S. Border Patrol agents have made a strong attempt to remove the new arrivals from the riverbanks.

The footage of the clashes dismayed even supporters of the Biden administration.

“We have seen gruesome footage of border control officers on horseback using horse reins to whip migrants on the banks of the Rio Grande. This response to migrants is unacceptable, ”said President of the Texas Democratic Party, Gilberto Hinojosa. “The mistreatment of migrants at the border or in detention is something we Democrats strongly condemn and the Biden administration takes these allegations very seriously and has investigated these actions. “

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