This week, the United States resumed deportation flights to Haiti under the public health order. On Wednesday, immigration and customs services repatriated around 90 Haitians.
Among those deported were families with young children, according to the Haitian Bridge Alliance, a rights group, which also said they had been deported under Title 42. Many Haitian families said they were afraid and are not being deported, the official said.
ICE Air uses chartered planes which have the capacity to carry approximately 135 people. The Defense Ministry is also expected to provide planes to transfer migrants to other border crossings to reduce overcrowding in Del Rio. ICE transported migrants from Laughlin Air Force Base to Del Rio in El Paso, Tucson and San Diego for processing.
In recent months, the administration has stepped up deportation flights to Mexico, Central and South America. In August, there were 99 probable withdrawal flights compared to 46 in July and 35 in June, according to Tom Cartwright, who tracks ICE Air flights for Witness at the Border, an advocacy group.
Haitians make up a small share of border workers, around 4 percent of migrants encountered by border officials in August, eclipsed by Central Americans and Mexicans.
But their numbers have swelled in recent months. Nearly 28,000 Haitians have been intercepted by border patrol along the US-Mexico border during the current fiscal year, which ends September 30, compared to 4,395 in 2020 and 2,046 in 2019. of 28,000, less than 4,000 were transformed. under the public health rule, according to the most recent border data, which covers arrests until the end of August.
Despite the public health measure, along some stretches of the border, the United States has not deported migrant families with young children because Mexico refused to accept them. And on some days Mexicans tell border officials their shelters are at full capacity and can only accommodate a certain number of migrants.