‘We went through a lot to get here,’ a Haitian migrant says of his arduous voyage to the US border.
Nicol struggled for years to find full-time job after moving to Chile from Haiti in 2018. He worked as a construction worker on some days and cut lawns or clean houses on others.
During his stay in Chile, he met his future wife, who had also arrived from Haiti in search of work. Following thousands of Haitians who made the treacherous voyage from South America to Del Rio, Texas, seeking refuge, the two left Chile after she became pregnant in August and job opportunities dwindled.
Nicol, 26, and his wife, who did not want to be interviewed, said they witnessed fellow migrants being carried away while crossing a river and a female migrant being raped by an armed group in Panama.
“We went through a lot to get here,” said Nicol, who wanted only to be named by his first name for fear of jeopardizing his prospects of staying in the US.
Since Sept. 9, 30,000 Haitians have arrived in Del Rio — migrants said they chose the small border city because it was rumored to be safer than other routes – and as many as 15,000 were forced to camp beneath the international bridge when immigration officers were overwhelmed.
Thousands of Haitians are migrating to the United States for a variety of reasons.
Following the death of Haitian President Jovenel Mose on July 7, federal officials believe that Haitians are confused about who qualifies for a temporary protected status. However, such status was only given to Haitians who arrived in the US before July 29.
However, Haitian migrants interviewed claim they opted to leave now because jobs had dried up in Chile and other South American nations as a result of the epidemic, where many had gone following the 2010 earthquake. Some were unable to establish their immigration status in order to work legally in Chile, while others were fed up with not being able to feed their children, and some claimed bigotry against Black people drove them leave.
After the Biden administration deported 5,000 Haitians and sent over 12,000 others to federal immigration facilities around the country, all of the migrants were cleared from the improvised camp on the Texas side of the Rio Grande a week ago. Article Summary from Nokia News