US Haiti envoy quits over ‘inhumane’ deportations

US Haiti envoy quits over 'inhumane' deportations
US officials have been criticised for they way they have treated Haitian migrants at the border. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The US special envoy for Haiti quits in protest over the deportation of Haitian migrants.

The Biden administration’s decision to return migrants fleeing political instability and an earthquake was “inhumane”, senior diplomat Daniel Foote said in a damning letter.

The United States started deportation flights from last weekend from a Texas border town, where about 13,000 Haitian migrants had gathered under a bridge.

The migrants have been waiting in a makeshift camp in temperatures of 37C.

Local officials have struggled to provide the large number of migrants with adequate sanitation and food.

The US has returned 1,401 migrants to Haiti since Sunday from the Texas camp on the border with Mexico.

Daniel Foote described Haiti as a ‘collapsed state’ adding that the country “simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy”.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded his resignation in a press conference, saying special Envoy Foote had ample opportunity to raise concerns about immigration during his time in office, but he never once did so.

The White House spokesperson also described images from the border – showing horse-mounted US border officials corralling the migrants – as horrific. Ms Psaki said horses would no longer be used in the area.

The widely shared pictures were take by AP. The pictures have evoked grim comparisons to US slavery and the country’s historical mistreatment of black people.

That led to pressure on Biden administration, and prompted calls from within the Democratic Party to give the Haitians asylum rather than fly them back to their home country.

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