Desperate Haitians carrying children are wading through the neck-high waters of the Rio Grande river to try to reach Texas — as the US has begun the largest expulsion of migrants or refugees in decades.
More than 320 migrants were flown back to Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on three flights Sunday, and US authorities say they plan to expel the more than 12,600 migrants camped around a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
But photographs at the crossing from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico show people still streaming in late Sunday — with many taking more dangerous risks to evade officials, some of who were on horseback using what appeared to be lariats as whips to keep them at bay.
Many tried crossing the river into the US about 1.5 miles east of the previous spot, but they were eventually stopped by Border Patrol agents on horseback and Texas law enforcement officials.
Agents yelled at the migrants who were crossing in the waist-deep river to get out of the water — with Reuters reporters seeing mounted officers wearing cowboy hats and vests emblazoned with “POLICE U.S. BORDER PATROL” blocking their path.
The several hundred who had successfully crossed and were sitting along the river bank on the US side were ordered to the Del Rio camp.
But they will not be there for long, Border Patrol Chief Raul L. Ortiz said Sunday. Since Friday, some 3,300 migrants have already been removed from the Del Rio camp to planes or detention centers — with the aim for them all to be gone by the end of the week.
“Over the next 6 to 7 days our goal is to process the 12,662 migrants that we have underneath that bridge as quickly as we possibly can,” Ortiz said.
“What we want to make sure is that we deter the migrants from coming into the region so we can manage the folks that are under the bridge at this point.”
The massive show of force will be one of America’s swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants or refugees in decades, The Associated Press noted.
The only obvious parallel for such an expulsion without an opportunity to seek asylum was in 1992 when the Coast Guard intercepted Haitian refugees at sea, said Yael Schacher, senior U.S. advocate at Refugees International.
The New York Post points out that President Trump is the one who made these ‘rapid expulsions’ possible:
The rapid expulsions were made possible by a pandemic-related authority adopted by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 that allows for migrants to be immediately removed from the country without an opportunity to seek asylum.
President Joe Biden exempted unaccompanied children from the order but let the rest stand.
I am happily surprised to read here that Biden is sending all of these illegals back to Haiti. And it’s icing on the cake that he can only do it because Trump made these ‘rapid expulsions’ possible in the first place.