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Haitian journey to Texas border starts in South America

Sep. 21, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Robins Exile downed a traditional meal of plantains and chicken at a restaurant run by Haitian immigrants, just a short walk from the walled border with the United States. He arrived the night before and went there seeking advice: Should he try to get to the U.S., or...

Options shrink for Haitian migrants straddling Texas border

Sep. 20, 2021 23:55 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The options remaining for thousands of Haitian migrants straddling the Mexico-Texas border are narrowing as the United States government ramps up to an expected six expulsion flights to Haiti Tuesday and Mexico began busing some away from the border. ...

US officials defend expulsion of Haitians from Texas town

Sep. 20, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, U.S. officials said Monday as they defended a strong response that included immediately expelling migrants to their impoverished Caribbean country and faced...

EXPLAINER: Biden uses Trump-era tool against Haiti migrants

Sep. 20, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is relying on a contested Trump-era policy as it disperses thousands of Haitian migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in and around the small South Texas city of Del Rio. Much to the dismay of migrant advocates, the Department...

US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas

Sep. 19, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. flew Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland Sunday and tried blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico in a massive show of force that signaled the beginning of what could be one of America's swiftest, large-scale expulsions...

Two Afghans who trekked to France have lessons for evacuees

Sep. 19, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — One slept on the streets of Paris, the other in a massive makeshift migrant camp in northern France. Nassrullah Youssoufi and Abdul Wali were among more than 1 million refugees and migrants who reached Europe in 2015. The two Afghans don't know each other,...

Haitians on Texas border undeterred by US plan to expel them

Sep. 18, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Haitian migrants seeking to escape poverty, hunger and a feeling of hopelessness in their home country said they will not be deterred by U.S. plans to speedily send them back, as thousands of people remained encamped on the Texas border Saturday after crossing from...

US Border Patrol hires civilians to free up agents for field

Sep. 18, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dozens, even hundreds, of asylum-seeking migrants often wait hours to surrender to U.S. Border Patrol agents, but the thousands of Haitians gathered at a bridge in the small Texas border town of Del Rio may be unprecedented and point to a glaring problem with the federal...

Official: US to expel Haitians from border, fly to Haiti

Sep. 18, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the...

Court halts use of health order to expel migrant families

Sep. 16, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. government must stop using a Trump-era public health order to quickly expel migrants with children who are apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave the government...