Expelled from Texas, returned Haitians lament misplaced American dream By Reuters



© Reuters. Haitian migrants stroll collectively after U.S. authorities flew them out of a Texas border metropolis on Sunday the place 1000’s of principally Haitians had gathered below a bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river from Mexico, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti September 19, 202

By Robenson Sanson and Gessika Thomas

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) -Greater than 300 Haitians have been returned house on Sunday after the USA ejected them from Texas, leaving lots of the would-be migrants demoralized and offended that their seek for a greater life distant from their impoverished nation was over.

U.S. border brokers started eradicating teams of principally Haitian migrants over the weekend from a big makeshift camp that they had arrange after wading throughout the Rio Grande separating Mexico and the U.S. state of Texas.

The sprawling camp below the worldwide bridge attracted greater than 12,000 migrants at one level, dotted with tents and tarps strung up on reeds, as many Haitians who had trekked from as distant as Brazil sought to petition U.S. authorities for entry and to flee rampant poverty and gang violence afflicting the Caribbean nation.

On the Haitian capital’s airport, three flights with 327 returned Haitians landed on Sunday from Texas, in line with a U.S. official with information of the matter. A number of who spoke to Reuters upon arrival mentioned there have been by no means instructed the place they have been being taken.

“I left Haiti to go discover a higher future,” mentioned Stephanie, who declined to supply her surname. She mentioned she was taken from below the bridge by U.S. brokers to a detention facility earlier than being loaded onto the flight.

She dismissed Haiti’s economic system as unable to supply alternatives for scores of youth like her.

“If jobs could possibly be created, we might by no means have uncovered ourselves to this distress in different international locations,” she mentioned.

In a video message launched Sunday night, Prime Minister Ariel Henry pledged to help the expelled Haitians and bemoaned the “disturbing” photographs from the camp.

“It is with nice sorrow that we watch on social media, via tv and pay attention on the radio to the tribulations of our brothers and sisters on the border of Mexico and the USA,” he mentioned.

He implored Haitians to construct a future the place they will “stay effectively in our nation with out having to endure these types of disgrace.”

However on the airport, returned migrant Mondesir Sirilien defined how he had spent about $15,000 to go away Haiti, touring first to Brazil after which by land to ultimately cross the shallow Rio Grande on the U.S. southern border.

“I may have invested that cash right here, I may have constructed a terrific enterprise. It isn’t like we do not know methods to do issues,” he mentioned.

“However we’re not revered, we’re humiliated and now we do not have anybody to defend us.”

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