(Washington) The number of 12,400 Haitian immigrants recently released in the United States after crossing the border into Mexico is likely to rise in the coming days, with nearly 5,000 currently in detention after crossing the border illegally, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary agreed on Sunday.
“This number may be higher […] », Alexandro Myorcas confirmed in Fox News that the judge was responding to a question about the evolution of the number of 12,400 immigrants who could leave makeshift camps along the U.S.-Mexico border in recent days. Immigrants to defend their asylum claim.
The minister spoke on several major American channels, saying Joe Biden is currently responsible for mitigating the crisis plaguing the government, accusing the two of being lax and imposing “inhumane” boycotts on Haiti.
These 12,400 immigrants, most of them from Haiti, were released “under conditions” in the United States, Mr Myorcas underlined, adding that his laws were in place to ensure the deportation of migrants crossing the border. Illegally.
In addition to this number, nearly 2,000 people were deported to Haiti by plane, 8,000 returned voluntarily to Mexico, and 5,000 were transferred to asylums.
Alejandro Mayorkas said the 5,000 immigrants currently in administrative detention would increase to 12,400 in the coming days.
In another interview aired Sunday on NBC, the minister also slammed the rules in force regarding immigration to the United States.
“We are working on a completely broken system […]. I have never heard anyone say that immigration laws are very structured, ”he said.
A total of 30,000 immigrants, mostly Haitians, have arrived in Del Rio, a small border town in Texas since September 9, where they have been living in the heat and unsanitary conditions since crossing Rio, the minister explained. Grande from Ciudad Acuña.
This massive influx of immigrants and the treatment faced by some, pushed back on horseback when border police officers crossed the river, has drawn criticism from the Biden administration.
The U.S. government and AFP journalists said all Haitian immigrants who had gathered on both sides of the US-Mexico border had left their makeshift camps on Friday evening.
However new candidates in the process may come in the coming days and weeks. Nearly 500 Haitian immigrants camped on the northern border of Colombia on Saturday, preparing to embark on the dangerous phase of their long Odyssey to America via the Dorian jungle crossing, the Panama border and Central America.