Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas has revealed that the Biden administration launched an asylum process for thousands of Haitian migrants who sat in a growing camp near the border in Del Rio, Texas, last week.
The DHS secretary said on Sunday that between 10,000 and 12,000 of the camp’s people, some 15,000 at its peak, were admitted to the US on a conditional basis as their asylum claims were processed.
Immigration rights advocates and Democrats, including the party’s leading black lawmakers such as Rep. Maxine Waters, called on the Biden administration to acknowledge the thousands gathered in Del Rio due to the ongoing political instability in Haiti following the murder. Severe conditions resulting from its president and a tropical storm and an earthquake struck the island within days of each other.
asylum claims to allow migrants who have a credible apprehension of facing violence or other threats in their home countries, to enter the United States; This is a legal process to which all expatriates are entitled to apply, but individuals must be present at the US border or already inside the US to make such a claim. Such immigrants are not considered undecided, although conservative critics of the administration largely have not even bothered to make that distinction.
“They’re releasing on conditions..about 10,000 or so I think, 12,000,” Mr. Mayercas said of the Del Rio migrants Fox News Sunday.
He confirmed that the number may be “expanding” as the fate of 5,000 which is currently in processing has been determined.
WATCH: 12,000 Haitian migrants have been released to the United States, says DHS Secretary Meyerkas.
“It could be even more.” pic.twitter.com/1WOGS7LgPf
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 26, 2021
In a separate interview on NBC meet the Press, Mr Meyerkas noted that about 2,000 Haitian migrants had been expelled and were determined by the US government to be eligible for expulsion under Title 42 of the US Code, which allows migrants to be expelled if they have recently lived in a country where “communicable disease” exists; The Trump administration began using this rarely-used section of the US code last year after the Centers for Disease Control issued a directive that said people coming from “coronavirus-affected areas” or recently Travelers must not be admitted to the US.
The Trump administration faced criticism from immigrants rights advocates for its use of the regulation last year, but the Biden administration, taking office in January, refused to reverse the trend and hastened evictions as the pandemic continued through 2021.
During his NBC interview on Sunday, Mr Meyerkas argued that the removal of migrants under this authorization was necessary given current CDC guidance and said it was not a “mistake”, as questioned by host Chuck Todd, many The migrants arrived in the Americas after living in South American countries including Brazil and Chile for many years to send to Haiti and with little or nothing to return to Haiti.
Meyerkas: “It’s a right that the Centers for Disease Control has determined to still be necessary.” pic.twitter.com/H9uxH8bPSz
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 26, 2021
The Del Rio Camp has become a political firestorm for the Biden administration over the past week, with the White House drawing criticism from both sides on the issue. Conservatives and supporters of former President Donald Trump have pushed the Biden administration for months to turn away more immigrants at the border and maintain Trump-era restrictions on asylum and entry; While progressives and Democrats have condemned the dehumanizing treatment of mostly black migrants and called for compassion in response to the thousands of Haitians fleeing violence and devastation at home.
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Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Alejandro Mayorkas