Biden administration extends deportation flights to Haiti
Granthshala News confirmed on Tuesday that several Haitian immigrants had been deported from the United States, wounding three Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on the tarmac in Port-au-Prince.
A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson told Granthshala News that several adult deportees from the US caused two separate disruptions at the airport after they disembarked from a plane in the Haitian capital.
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“Haitian crowd control officials responded to both incidents and resolved the situations,” the spokesman said.
“ICE respects the right of all people to express their opinion peacefully while continuing their immigration enforcement mission in line with our priorities, federal law and agency policy,” the spokesperson said.
The agency also confirmed that three ICE officers suffered non-fatal injuries.
NBC News first reported That violence erupted after an evacuation flight landed and the adult men were released to Haitian authorities. The outlet reported that several people stormed another flight carrying families, and injured pilots as well as ICE officers.
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The Biden administration has ramped up deportation flights to Haiti in the wake of a dramatic surge in Haitians to Del Rio, which overwhelmed officials and saw more than 14,000 migrants camping in poor conditions under an international bridge.
DHS has increased resources and Border Patrol agents in the area, closing the port of entry. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas visited the area on Monday and reiterated the claim that the border was closed.
The violence is the latest incident involving Haitian migrants. Earlier on Tuesday, Granthshala News confirmed that migrants being taken by bus through Texas took the bus and fled before being caught.
Meanwhile, members of the Biden administration, including Vice President Kamala Harris, have expressed outrage over images of Border Patrol agents on horseback to prevent Haitian immigrants from entering the United States – amid false claims from Democrats and some media outlets that Border Patrol agents were using “The whips.”
“What I saw was a show of people who ride horses and treat humans the way they do,” Harris told reporters.
Granthshala News’ Bill Melugin contributed to this report.