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UN experts condemn U.S. expulsions of Haitian migrants
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Haitian migrants ride on a bus after arriving on a deportation flight from the United States, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Port-au-Prince, Haiti April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jeanty Junior Augustin/File PhotoGENEVA, Oct 25 (Reuters) - UN human rights experts on Monday condemned Washington's expulsions of Haitian migrants and refugees, saying they formed part of a policy of "racialised exclusion" of Black Haitians at U.S. ports of entry. The group of five U.N. human rights experts who are focused on racism and xenophobia have written a so-called "allegation letter" to Washington to protest against the government's actions, according to a press statement. "In expediting the collective expulsion of Haitian migrants, the United States is subjecting a group of predominantly Black migrants to impermissible risks of refoulement (forced returns) and human rights abuse without any individualised evaluation," the experts said, adding that the actions were likely violations of international refugee and human rights laws. A spokesperson for the U.N. experts said she was unaware that any specific legal challenge had been mounted.
Persons: Jeanty Junior Augustin, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Emma Farge, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Jeanty, UN, U.S, United States, Thomson Locations: United States, Port, Prince, Haiti, GENEVA, United, Del Rio , Texas, Washington
“As we saw with the mistreatment of migrants by Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas, last month, systemic behavior problems within C.B.P. The Border Patrol had a high-profile role during the Trump administration as an enforcer of former President Donald J. Trump’s harsh immigration policies. Officials at Customs and Border Protection were aware of the Facebook group in 2016, the report said. But critics have pointed to the “I’m 10-15” group as evidence of a deep-rooted culture within the Border Patrol that has led to the regular debasement of migrants. The Project on Government Oversight, an external watchdog group, recently called Customs and Border Protection the federal government’s “least transparent and accountable” law enforcement agency.
Persons: , Carolyn Maloney, Brandon Judd, , Trump, Donald J Organizations: Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, Customs, Patrol, Facebook, Protection Locations: New York, Del Rio , Texas, C.B.P
A U.S. border patrol agent looks out over Tijuana, Mexico from the U.S. Mexico border wall in San Diego, California, U.S., February 2, 2021. The most prominent of the Facebook groups that agents engaged in was titled "I'm 10-15" - a code used by Border Patrol to refer to migrants in custody. CBP agents told the committee that "I'm 10-15" was a way to vent their job dissatisfaction, the report said. "As we saw with the mistreatment of migrants by Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas last month, systemic behavior problems within CBP persist." This includes reforming the hiring process to screen out applicants with "records of discrimination," strengthening social media training and taking social media violations into account when deciding promotions.
Persons: ProPublica, Trump, Joe Biden, Carolyn B, Maloney Organizations: U.S . Customs, Border, Facebook, House, Democratic, CBP, Border Patrol, Patrol Locations: U.S, Tijuana, Mexico, San Diego , California, Del Rio , Texas
Over 2,000 migrants march out of southern city in Mexico
  + stars: | 2021-10-24 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
TAPACHULA, Mexico — Over 2,000 migrants, mainly Central Americans, began walking out of a city in southern Mexico on Saturday where they have essentially been trapped. There were minor scuffles and a small child suffered a slight head wound, but the migrants continued on their way. Mexico requires migrants applying for humanitarian visas or asylum to remain in the border state of Chiapas, next to Guatemala, for their cases to be processed. In January, a larger caravan of migrants tried to leave Honduras but was blocked from crossing Guatemala. The marches are reminiscent, but nowhere near as large, as the migrant caravans that crossed Mexico in 2018 and 2019.
Persons: Alvaro Obregon, José Antonio, , , Tapachula Organizations: Central Americans, ” Police, National Guard Locations: TAPACHULA, Mexico, U.S, Honduras, Tapachula, Monterrey, El Salvador, Haiti, Del Rio , Texas, Chiapas, Guatemala
These and other accounts are among 160 reports filed by federal asylum officers from 2016 to 2021, relaying details of abuse that asylum seekers described experiencing during interactions with border officials and while in U.S. custody. Scenes last month of Border Patrol agents on horseback in Del Rio, Texas, corralling Black migrants with their reins have renewed a focus on years of complaints about inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants. “The department does not tolerate any form of abuse or misconduct,” a homeland security spokeswoman, Marsha Espinosa, said in a statement on Wednesday night. An internal investigation into their actions is underway, and Biden administration officials have promised to publicly share the findings. During his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Mr. Biden’s choice to lead Customs and Border Protection, Chris Magnus, promised lawmakers that he would be forthcoming about the Del Rio investigation.
Persons: Trump, , Marsha Espinosa, Espinosa, Alejandro N, Biden, Chris Magnus, Del Organizations: Human Rights Watch, Border Patrol, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Biden, Customs Locations: U.S, Del Rio , Texas, Del Rio
The caravan gathered in Tapachula near the Mexico-Guatemala border includes thousands of migrants fleeing Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba and other Latin American countries, say two Department of Homeland Security officials. Violent clashes with Mexican police have broken out as desperate migrants attempt to leave the camp and continue their journey. But, the official said, migrants may recalculate and decide not to journey further due to the forceful push back by Mexican officials in Tapachula. But overall, the 2021 fiscal year, which runs from October through September, hit border crossing totals never seen before. The Washington Post first reported that more than 190,000 migrants were apprehended crossing the border in September, for a fiscal year total of 1.7 million.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden Organizations: Customs, NBC News, of Homeland Security, Telemundo, U.S ., DHS, CBP, Washington Post, for Disease Locations: U.S, Mexico, Tapachula, Guatemala, Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Del Rio , Texas, Rio, Covid
The current numbers for the 2021 fiscal year, which began last October, topped a previous high in 2000. Many of the Haitians were returned under one sweeping Trump policy that Biden has kept in place. Many of the arrests this fiscal year were repeat crossings, with some people expelled to Mexico turning around and trying again. The administration said it is taking steps to restart the program in November, pending agreement from Mexico. Reporting by Kristina Cooke in San Francisco; Editing by Mica Rosenberg and Aurora EllisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Adrees Latif, Biden, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Chris Magnus, Kristina Cooke, Mica Rosenberg, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Washington Post, Democrat, Republican, Customs, Protection, Police, Thomson Locations: United States, Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, Del Rio , Texas, U.S, Tucson , Arizona, Rio, Haiti, Del Rio, San Francisco
Jobs, Brazil, N.B.A.: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( Remy Tumin | )   time to read: 1 min
The gang that kidnapped 17 people in Haiti associated with a U.S.-based Christian group demanded $1 million for each person, a Haitian official said. The country’s justice minister said “often these gangs know these demands cannot be met and they will consider a counter offer from the families,” adding that the gang has not issued a deadline and negotiations could take weeks. The people kidnapped — 16 Americans and one Canadian, including five children — were captured in a suburb of Port-au-Prince, the capital, over the weekend. Separately, the treatment of Haitians apprehended in Del Rio, Texas, last month has galvanized civil rights groups to press for changes to what advocates say is poor treatment of Black migrants that has spanned administrations.
Persons: , Locations: Haiti, U.S, Port, Del Rio , Texas
Sixteen U.S. nationals and one Canadian were visiting an orphanage on Saturday as part of their work for Christian Aid Ministries, according to a statement from the nonprofit issued on Sunday. "Join us in praying for those who are being held hostage, the kidnappers, and the families, friends, and churches of those affected," Christian Aid Ministries said in the statement. A man and a child walk by burning tires on a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday. It is in their control," former Special Envoy to Haiti Ambassador Daniel Foote told NBC News. A senior State Department official told NBC News, "We are engaging with Haitian authorities at the senior most levels."
Persons: Frantz Champagne, Juno7, Jovenel Moïse, Daniel Foote, Odelyn Joseph, Charles Pierre, Joe Biden's, Ariel Henry, Prince, Organizations: Haitian, Christian Aid Ministries, Aid Ministries, Associated Press, NBC News, AP, U.S . coastguard, Haiti's, Sunday, State Department, NBC, Christian Locations: Haiti, Port, Haitian, Prince, U.S, Del Rio , Texas, United States, Mexico, Haiti's, La, , Ohio
Sixteen U.S. nationals and one Canadian were visiting an orphanage on Saturday as part of their work for Christian Aid Ministries, according to a statement from the nonprofit issued on Sunday. "Join us in praying for those who are being held hostage, the kidnappers, and the families, friends, and churches of those affected," Christian Aid Ministries said in the statement. A man and a child walk by burning tires on a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday. It is in their control," former Special Envoy to Haiti Ambassador Daniel Foote told NBC News. A senior State Department official told NBC News, "We are engaging with Haitian authorities at the senior most levels."
Persons: Frantz Champagne, Juno7, Jovenel Moïse, Daniel Foote, Odelyn Joseph, Charles Pierre, Joe Biden's, Ariel Henry, Prince, Organizations: Haitian, Christian Aid Ministries, Aid Ministries, Associated Press, NBC News, AP, U.S . coastguard, Haiti's, Sunday, State Department, NBC, Christian Locations: Haiti, Port, Haitian, Prince, U.S, Del Rio , Texas, United States, Mexico, Haiti's, La, , Ohio
YUMA, Ariz.—More migrants illegally entering the U.S. to apply for asylum are members of South America’s middle class who fly to the border by plane, according to authorities and aid workers. While the majority of people who come to the U.S. through Mexico are among the world’s poorest fleeing poverty and crime, such as the thousands of Haitians who recently formed a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas, the growth in middle-class migrants reflects continued hardship in nations such as Brazil and Venezuela from the Covid-19 pandemic and associated economic downturns, as well as political instability.
Locations: YUMA, Ariz, , Mexico, Del Rio , Texas, Brazil, Venezuela
"The opening of the northern border has been achieved, we are going to have normality in our northern border," Lopez Obrador said in his daily morning press conference. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier said U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico would reopen in November for fully vaccinated travelers after being closed to non-essential crossings since March 2020 due to the pandemic. He said high-level bilateral economic meetings taking place in November will focus on the border region. Ebrard said Mexico had been strongly pushing Washington for the border to reopen, including laying out proposals during a visit by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. The United States "have accepted many proposals that we made along the way to achieve this", Ebrard said, without giving details.
Persons: Marco Bello MEXICO, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Alejandro Mayorkas, Marcelo Ebrard, Ebrard, Kamala Harris, Ana Isabel Martinez, Drazen Jorgic, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Border Patrol, REUTERS, Marco Bello MEXICO CITY, . Homeland, Foreign, U.S, Thomson Locations: Mexico, U.S, Del Rio , Texas, Canada, United States, Washington
Donald Trump blasted Haitian immigrants entering the US, saying they "probably have AIDS." The prevalence rate of HIV among Haitian adults is 1.9%, and reports say the situation is improving steadily. "Haiti has a tremendous AIDS problem. While that's higher than the global rate of 0.7%, reports say Haiti's HIV prevalence rate has declined significantly in recent decades. Later in 2018, Trump described Haiti as a "shithole" country when discussing the protection of immigrants, reported The Washington Post.
Persons: Donald Trump, Sean Hannity, Trump, Jovenel Moïse, Hannity Organizations: Service, Fox News, United Nations, AIDS, The New York Times, White House, Washington Locations: Haiti, Mexico, Del Rio , Texas
The Mexican government's National Migration Institute (INM) had described the Sept. 29 flight to Port-au-Prince with 70 migrants on board as "voluntary assisted return." When asked about Norassaint's experience, Mexico's migration institute said it followed legal administrative protocol to return people to Haiti. The migration institute sent another 130 migrants back to Haiti by plane on Wednesday; that flight was not labeled "voluntary." Another man on the flight, Alfred, also mourned his surprise deportation to Haiti after he left the country in 2009 to live in the Dominican Republic, and then Chile. He hoped to reach the United States to escape worsening discrimination in Chile, but hung back in Mexico to avoid deportation.
Persons: Nikel Norassaint, Prince, Norassaint, Joe Biden, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Biden, Jovenel Moise, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Alfred, We've, Daina Beth Solomon, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Mexico's National Institute of Immigration, National Institute of Immigration, REUTERS, REUTERS MEXICO CITY, U.S, Ciudad Acuna, National Migration Institute, resettling, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Port, REUTERS MEXICO, Villahermosa, U.S, I'm, Haiti, United States, Del Rio , Texas, Caribbean, Del Rio, Ciudad, Mexican, Dominican Republic, Chile, Americas, Miragoane, Ciudad Acuna, Colombia, Panama, Tijuana
Some thousands of migrants take shelter as they await to be processed near the Del Rio International Bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Ciudad Acuna in Del Rio, Texas, September 18, 2021. "The journey is profoundly dangerous and it will not succeed," Blinken told a news conference in Mexico's capital when asked about how the United States was ensuring humane treatment of migrants. Blinken said U.S. and Mexican officials are in "close contact" over a jump in Haitian migrants passing through Mexico, many having traveled from South America where they had initially settled. A border encampment in Del Rio, Texas in recent weeks grew at one point to 14,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti. Speaking alongside Blinken, Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said many Haitian migrants who trekked from South America to the border had been duped into thinking they could easily obtain legal residency in the United States.
Persons: Ciudad, Adrees Latif, Antony Blinken, Biden, Blinken, Filippo Grandi, Marcelo Ebrard, it's, Ebrard, Donald Trump, Simon Lewis, Stephanie Ulmer, Daina Beth Solomon, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: Del, Ciudad Acuna, REUTERS, Adrees Latif MEXICO CITY, Haitian, United, United Nations, Blinken, U.S ., Thomson Locations: Rio Grande, Del Rio , Texas, Adrees Latif MEXICO, United States, Mexico, South America, Haiti, Central, U.S
In an interview Sept. 20 in Del Rio, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, "I don't think we expected the rapidity of the increase that occurred." Throughout the summer, two of the officials said, there were also disagreements within the Biden administration over whether it should increase deportations of Haitians already in the U.S. illegally. The two officials said some argued that deportations — even of small numbers — would deter more people from coming, particularly Haitians living in South America. By mid-September, seeing the large numbers massing in Del Rio, ICE restarted the flights, and it has now deported more than 7,200 migrants to Haiti. During his administration, border crossings have surged, passing records not recorded in two decades.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden, Donald Trump's, Marsha Espinosa, " Espinosa Organizations: Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Protection, Customs, of Intelligence, Del Rio , Homeland, ICE, U.S, Department Locations: The U.S, U.S, Texas, Del Rio , Texas, Customs, South, Central America, Del Rio ,, South America, Del Rio, Haiti, Colombia, Panama
This summer, both decided to set out on a harrowing journey through a dozen countries to seek a new life in the United States. Haitian migrants interviewed by Reuters reported inconsistent testing for COVID-19 at the border, with some who were expelled saying they were not tested in the United States at all. There, with Renois clutching her husband Destinoble with one hand and Angelina with the other, they waded into the United States. By this summer, the couple had saved the $11,000 they needed for their journey to the United States. The family arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border and slept on the ground under the bridge for several days until they were transferred to a Border Patrol facility.
Persons: Marcus, Zalah, Marco Bello, Macdalla Renois, Renois, Sajous, Oberto Destinoble, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Clara Long, Destinoble, Angelina, Zarah, Mica Rosenberg, Gessika Thomas, Kristina Cooke, Daina Beth Soloman, Ciudad Acuna, Daniel Becerril, Alistair Bell Organizations: . Customs, Protection, REUTERS, Marco Bello PORT, U.S, Reuters, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Trump, Central, Human Rights Watch, U.S . Border Patrol, Central America, Patrol, Thomson Locations: Haitian, Lake Park , Florida, U.S, Del Rio, Haiti, South America, United States, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Rio, Del Rio , Texas, Florida, USA, MEXICO, Mexico's, Guatemala, Rio Grande, Chile, Mexican, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Darien, Costa Rica, Central, New York, Port, San Francisco, Ciudad, Lake Park
A former senior State Department official who oversaw the Biden administration's Haiti policy said he resigned last month after learning on the news about the deportation of Haitian migrants. In his scathing resignation letter, he said that his decision was in response to the Biden administration's deportation of Haitian migrants. Foote called the administration's policy approach to Haiti "deeply flawed" and said his recommendations have been ignored and dismissed. She added that there had been "disagreements" within the Biden administration over its policy response to the surge of Haitian migrants. During his testimony Thursday, Foote slammed the administration's use of deportation and noted the dire situation in Haiti.
Persons: Daniel Foote, Joe Biden's, Foote, Biden, Jovenel Moise, Jen Psaki, shouldn't Organizations: Foreign, Capitol, State Department, Biden, U.S, House Foreign Affairs, Port au, The State Department Locations: Washington ,, Haiti, Del Rio , Texas, Del Rio, Port, Port au Prince
Former envoy denounces U.S. deportations to Haiti
  + stars: | 2021-10-07 | by ( Patricia Zengerle | )   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Daniel BecerrilWASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - A former U.S. special envoy to Haiti who blasted the Biden administration as he resigned last month over the deportations of hundreds of migrants told U.S. lawmakers on Thursday that Washington must rethink its approach to the Caribbean nation. "Deportation in the short term is not going to make Haiti more stable. Haiti has been hit in recent months by a presidential assassination, gang violence and a major earthquake. The United States has returned more than 1,400 migrants to Haiti from a camp in Del Rio, Texas, including families, and moved thousands more for processing away from the encampment. ... but in the way we treat Haiti among our foreign policy priorities in this hemisphere."
Persons: Daniel Becerril WASHINGTON, Biden, Daniel Foote, Foote, Gregory Meeks, Meeks, Patricia Zengerle, Alistair Bell Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, U.S . House, Representatives Foreign, Committee, Republicans, United, Democratic, Thomson Locations: U.S, United States, Rio Grande, Mexico, Ciudad Acuna, Haiti, Caribbean, Del Rio , Texas
Migrants pay the equivalent of $40 each to ride the boat from Necoclí to Acani near Colombia’s border with Panama. More than 1,000 migrants are arriving in Necoclí each day, but Panama will only accept 500 per day — creating a huge bottleneck. 20,000 migrants are believed to be in the Colombian beach town of Necoclí. Gabe Gutierrez / NBC NewsMany of the Haitian migrants had been living in Chile and Brazil since the 2010 earthquake that left 1.5 million homeless in Haiti. The Biden administration has expelled more Haitians than during the entire Trump presidency, according to research by the Haitian Bridge Alliance (HBA), a Southern California nonprofit that advocates for Haitian migrants.
Persons: , ” Desir, Colombia’s, Erika Angulo, Gabe Gutierrez, Covid, Fritz Nor, King, Biden, Trump, Giordano Lanzarini, ” Lanzarini Organizations: Biden White House, NBC, Still, Homeland Security, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Interpol, Facebook, Twitter Locations: NECOCLÍ, Colombia, Colombian, United States, Necoclí, Acani, Colombia’s, Panama, North America, Darien, Haiti, Utnica, Orlando , Florida, U.S, Del Rio , Texas, Chile, Brazil, Southern California, Mexico
Mexico sends another 130 migrants to Haiti by plane
  + stars: | 2021-10-06 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Haitian migrants board a plane for a voluntary repatriation flight from Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, in this October 6, 2021 handout picture provided by Mexico's National Institute of Immigration (INM). National Institute of Immigration/Handout via REUTERSMEXICO CITY, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Mexico sent 129 Haitian migrants by plane to their home country on Wednesday, officials said, after beginning flights to the capital of Port-au-Prince last week amid a jump in Haitian migrants moving to the U.S. border through Mexico. The United States has cleared thousands of Haitian migrants from a camp at the Mexican border in Del Rio, Texas, in recent days, in part through expulsions to Haiti. Thousands of other migrants turned back to Mexico. Mexico last week sent what it called a "voluntary return" flight to Haiti with 70 people, including 13 children.
Persons: Fray Matias de Cordova, Diego Ore, Beth Solomon, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: Mexico's National Institute of Immigration, National Institute of Immigration, REUTERS, REUTERS MEXICO CITY, Prince, United, Thomson Locations: Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Port, REUTERS MEXICO, U.S, United States, Mexican, Del Rio , Texas, Haiti, Guatemala, Haitian
"They're not really refugees, they don't even want to be refugees," Ramirez said in an interview on Monday. Asylum applications are now taking six to seven months, at least twice the time they should take, he said. Lasting one year and renewable, that visa is currently only available to migrants after they apply for asylum with COMAR. Mexico's National Migration Institute did not immediately respond when asked if it was considering issuing humanitarian visas to Haitian migrants. Asylum applications in Mexico from all nationalities reached 90,300 by September.
Persons: Daniel Becerril, Andres Ramirez, Ramirez, They're, COMAR, Donald Trump, Biden, Daina Beth Solomon, Dave Graham, Alistair Bell Organizations: National Migration Institute, REUTERS, Daniel Becerril MEXICO CITY, Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, Reuters, COMAR, Central Americans, Trump, Migration Institute, Thomson Locations: Haiti, Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, Daniel Becerril MEXICO, Honduras, South America, Del Rio , Texas, United States, Brazil, Chile, Tapachula
Opinion | What America Owes Haitian Asylum Seekers
  + stars: | 2021-10-04 | by ( Michael Posner | )   time to read: +2 min
They had arrived there desperate to gain admission to the United States, many fleeing persecution in Haiti and seeking the protection of our asylum law. The administration’s unsteady response to this crisis has revealed, once again, the broken nature of this country’s asylum system. Temporary protected status suspends deportations of Haitians already in the United States because of the current instability in their country. Forty years ago, I was an expert witness in litigation in Florida where lawyers representing an earlier generation of Haitian asylum seekers successfully challenged the Reagan administration’s Haitian program. U.S. authorities at that time targeted Haitians arriving in Florida for mass detention, and intercepted Haitian boats in the Caribbean to prevent them from reaching this country.
Persons: Biden, Biden’s, Donald Trump —, Reagan Organizations: Holocaust, Haitian Locations: Mexico, Del Rio , Texas, United States, Haiti, U.S, Del Rio, America, Florida, Caribbean
REUTERS/Daniel BecerrilSANTIAGO, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Chilean police have dismantled a crime ring that helped smuggle hundreds of children of Haitian migrants, sometimes without their parents, from Chile north to Mexico and the United States, Interpol said on Monday. The transnational group orchestrated a complex, cross-border network that smuggled an estimated 1,000 Haitian migrants out of Chile, including 267 Chilean children under the age of six, all born to Haitian migrants, according to the global police co-ordination agency. The harsh realities of migration in Latin America have come under the spotlight recently after thousands of Haitian migrants formed a large impromptu border camp at the Mexican-U.S. border. Many of the Haitian migrants had initially settled in South American countries like Chile and Brazil, where some say they had difficulty finding work and experienced racism. Chilean police arrested nine suspects involved in the operation, including four Chileans, two Venezuelans, one Peruvian, one Haitian and one Paraguayan.
Persons: Daniel Becerril SANTIAGO, Jurgen Stock, Dave Sherwood, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, Chilean, Interpol, -, Thomson Locations: U.S, Rio, Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, Del Rio , Texas, Chile, United States, America, - U.S, Haiti, South, Brazil, Americas, Peru
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court sided with the Biden administration late Thursday in a ruling that will allow the Department of Homeland Security to continue to impose Covid restrictions that have blocked the majority of asylum-seekers from entering the U.S. this year. The policy, known as Title 42, had been due to be lifted Thursday in accordance with a lower court order, but the administration appealed the decision. The Trump administration had invoked Title 42, a rarely used clause of public health law, to turn immigrants away at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden administration had kept the policy in place, but a U.S. district judge ruled this month that the law did not provide the authority to block asylum-seekers from entering. "If the Biden administration really wants to treat asylum-seekers humanely, it should end this lawless policy now and withdraw its appeal.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden, Trump, Lee Gelernt, Noah Gottschalk Organizations: of Homeland Security, U.S ., Appeals, Immigration, American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America Locations: U.S, Mexico, Del Rio , Texas
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