There are a number of developments regarding the thousands of Haitian immigrants at the US border, including US special envoy to Haiti resigns, DHS horse patrols, shocking Biden statement, and more developments.
Daniel Foote, the US Special Envoy for Haiti, submitted his resignation letter on Wednesday in protest of the Biden administration’s handling of the Haitian migrant situation calling it “deeply flawed,” Fox reported.
“I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life,” Foote wrote in his resignation letter. “Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different than my own.”
“[I] “simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy,” Foote added, describing the suffering of the Haitian people. “Surging migrants to our borders will only grow as we add to Haiti’s unacceptable misery.”
The use of horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas sector along the southern border with Mexico will be temporarily suspended, an official from the Department of Homeland Security told reporters on Thursday, CNN reported.
The move comes as photographs appeared to show aggressive actions by border patrol agents on horseback to deter migrants from crossing the border into the United States.
A widely circulated photo that alleged an agent “whipped” a migrant, something horse experts disagree with, and was later determined in actuality, to be only the flowing end of long split-reins, something experts and ranchers say are used to have more control over a horse, KTSM NBC reported. One horse expert said agents use the tail end of the reins to quickly move the horse from left to right.
In 1994, Joe Biden, a then-Senator from Delaware, made derisive comments about Haiti when asked if the Clinton administration should intervene after the military ousted the country’s president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the Daily Wire reported.
“If Haiti, a god-awful thing to say,” Biden prefaced to PBS host Charlie Rose, “if Haiti just quietly sunk into the Caribbean or rose up 300 feet, it wouldn’t matter a whole lot in terms of our interest.”
A video of the interview can be seen on YouTube.
With federal officials unable to manage the situation at the southern border, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) sent a fleet of state-owned vehicles to Del Rio, Texas, which were lined up for miles to create a “steel wall” barricade along the state’s border with Mexico, where nearly 15,000 migrants have now arrived, the Washington Post reported.