The massive migrant camp in the Texas border town of Del Rio has been completely emptied. As many as 15,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti, had been crammed this week into a squalid tent city under a bridge near the Rio Grande, hoping to be treated for asylum.
“At the moment, there is no one under the bridge,” Del Rio mayor Bruno Lozano said on Friday.
Of the nearly 15,000 migrants, at least 2,000 have been deported and 5,000 are still being processed and could be deported, according to Internal Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The rest, officials said, were either released in the United States as part of the asylum process or voluntarily returned to Mexico.
Mayorkas has rejected calls to stop the evictions. “We have indeed determined, despite the tragic and devastating earthquake, that Haiti is in fact capable of accommodating individuals,” he said on Friday.
The controversy overPresident Biden continued. “Of course I take responsibility, I am president,” he said. “But it was horrible to see what you saw. To see people being treated the way they did. Horses almost knocking them over. People tied up. It’s outrageous. I promise these people will pay.”
Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, said she saw no difference between the Trump approach and the way Mr. Biden is handling the situation.
“Unfortunately, we see the Biden administration pursuing the same policies, the same approach, cruel, inhuman, we want different,” said Jozef, who has worked with Haitians on the border.
Nearly 30,000 migrants have traveled to the region since September 9, internal security officials said on Friday. Among these was January Fiterson, who traveled through 11 countries to get to the United States. Janvier fears being sent back to Haiti.
“There is no life for them,” said Janvier. “I want to cry when I see people in the newspapers kicked out. There is no life for them there. How are they going to live there? There is no life there- low.”
The mayor of Del Rio urged the federal government to do a better job of listening to local officials, who he said have warned of the looming crisis. At least 10 babies were born while the migrants were in the camp, the mayor said.