Up to 12,000 Haitian migrants could be released into the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
As many as 12,000 Haitian migrants who made their way to the US-Mexico border have been let into the US, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
Mayorkas claimed in an interview with Fox News Sunday that between 10,000 and 12,000 migrants detained in Del Rio, Texas, have been released into the United States in recent weeks.
Another 3,000 remain in jail, while 5,000 are being processed by the Department of Homeland Security, and 4,000 have been ejected under a public health authority known as Title 42, he added in a separate interview with CNN’s State of the Union.
As their cases are evaluated, Mayorkas told Fox News Sunday that the number of migrants freed in the United States and deported to Haiti might possibly “be even greater.”
“Based on our public health and public interest authorities, we will determine if they will be returned to Haiti,” he said.
Individuals placed in immigration court procedures, Mayorkas explained, go before a judge to make a claim of asylum or other claims to remain in the United States, and are either allowed to stay or deported based on the judge’s decision.
He went on to say that the US has “enforcement measures” in place to ensure that persons who have recently crossed the border and fail to appear for their hearings are deported.
“Our policy is to remove them, and we deploy our enforcement resources according to particular priorities to ensure the safety and security of the American people,” he said.
In response to criticism from Democrats in Congress about the Trump administration’s Title 42 provision, Mayorkas clarified that it is a “public health authority” rather than an immigration policy.
“In light of the arc of the pandemic, it is exercised as the… Centers for Disease Control has ordered,” he said. “It’s important for the public to realize that we’re in the midst of a pandemic. A setback was suffered by the Delta variation. More than 600,000 Americans have died as a result of the war. More than 40 front-line U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees have died.”
Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said on Sunday that the first group of migrants was delivered by two flights. Article Summary from Nokia News