DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Haitian migrants in search of to flee poverty, starvation and a sense of hopelessness of their house nation mentioned they won’t be deterred by U.S. plans to speedily ship them again, as 1000’s of individuals remained encamped on the Texas border Saturday after crossing from Mexico.
Scores of individuals waded forwards and backwards throughout the Rio Grande on Saturday afternoon, re-entering Mexico to buy water, meals and diapers in Ciudad Acuña earlier than returning to the Texas encampment below and close to a bridge within the border metropolis of Del Rio.
Junior Jean, a 32-year-old man from Haiti, watched as folks cautiously carried circumstances of water or luggage of meals by means of the knee-high river water. Jean mentioned he lived on the streets in Chile the previous 4 years, resigned to looking for meals in rubbish cans.
“We’re all searching for a greater life,” he mentioned.
The Division of Homeland Safety mentioned Saturday that it moved about 2,000 of the migrants from the camp to different places Friday for processing and doable removing from the U.S. Its assertion additionally mentioned it might have 400 brokers and officers within the space by Monday morning and would ship extra if obligatory.
The announcement marked a swift response to the sudden arrival of Haitians and different migrants in Del Rio, a Texas metropolis of about 35,000 folks roughly 145 miles (230 kilometers) west of San Antonio. It sits on a comparatively distant stretch of border that lacks capability to carry and course of such giant numbers of individuals.