WASHINGTON (AP) — Illegal border crossings from Mexico fell in September for only the second time in 17 months, but the federal fiscal year ended with the highest count ever, authorities said Friday. Migrants were stopped 192,001 times, down 9% from August and below 200,000 for the first time since June, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On a Friday evening in mid-September, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it was immediately closing the Del Rio, Texas, Port of Entry. At that moment, the spotlight was focused directly on about 15,000 migrants, nearly all Haitians, sheltering under the international bridge just north of the Rio Grande.
Almost all of the mostly Haitian migrants who had gathered on both sides of the US-Mexico border have left their makeshift camps, ending a standoff that had provoked a major border crisis for the Biden administration. At Ciudad Acuna on the Mexican side, AFP saw migrants packing up their belongings and getting into vans taking them to a shelter, after a deal struck with the Mexican government.
EXCLUSIVE: Missing 5,000 Haitian migrants from Del Rio encampment are seen at a Mexico bus station where they hope to 'disappear' to avoid Biden's deportation flights - and then plan to cross BACK into the U.S. via a different route with cartel smugglers
DailyMail.com can reveal that the 5,000 missing migrants in Del Rio, Texas are planning to stay in Mexico and then quietly cross back into the U.S. Most say they will not return to Del Rio, but instead will pay a cartel smuggler to bring them across in the Rio Grande Valley or via the Arizona desert
The American dream is fading for Haitian migrants confronted with the harsh reality at the US border with Mexico, where some are considering staying and getting a job to survive instead. “I’m not in a hurry to enter the United States. If I find an opportunity, yes, but if I can’t, I’m not going to risk crossing there,” said 29-year-old mother Yslande Saint Ange.
Migrants are enduring horrendous conditions at the Texas border while trying desperately to start a new life in the US. Above: Haitian immigrants cross the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas on September 20, 2021 to Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. Migrants are gathering in their thousands at the bridge between Texas and Mexico as they try to seek refuge in the States.
Tensions mounted Thursday among Haitian migrants camped out in a park near Mexico's border with the United States following the arrival of dozens of police officers at the site. The operation came after Mexican migration authorities said the foreigners should return to wherever in the country they submitted their asylum applications to finish the process.
Deportation fears mounted Thursday among Haitian migrants camped out in northern Mexico near the border with the United States following the sudden arrival of dozens of police officers at the site. Immigration agents entered a makeshift Haitian camp in Ciudad Acuna on the border with the United States, urging them to return to where they filed their refugee requests, which many refused to do.
The US and Mexico appear to be eager to end the increasingly politicised humanitarian situation at the border. A camp where more than 14,000 migrants had waited along the Texas border just days ago was dramatically smaller at dawn. Across the river in Mexico, Haitian migrants in a growing camp awoke surrounded by security forces as a helicopter thundered overhead.
Lying on cardboard in a park, Haitian mother Marie Chickel spent a sleepless night fearful of being detained by Mexican authorities and separated from her children before reaching the United States. “I heard that the immigration authorities were going to come — that’s why I couldn’t sleep.
White House responds to 'horrific' photos of Texas border agent on horseback with 'whip' to deter migrants
Footage and images show a Texas officer on horseback grabbing one of the migrants as the man tried to cross into the US from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico on Sunday. The White House has criticised images that show a US border patrol agent on horseback appearing to use a whip to threaten migrants.
CIUDAD ACUÑA, MEXICO — Riquet Terneus, 34, left Haiti with his wife and 7-year-old daughter three months ago, searching for a new home for his family. "Haiti doesn't provide safety," he said. "People are scared to go out on the street.
The majority of the people who have created makeshift camps on the border are from Haiti, which was hit with an earthquake in August. Migrants have camped out under a bridge in a remote American town dividing Texas and Mexico - as the US border force attempts to process thousands of asylum claims.