US Pressured to End Expulsions as Angry Scenes Unfold at Haiti Airport

Haitians deported from the United States
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Anger broke out at Haiti’s main airport following the expulsion of migrants from the U.S. 

Nearly 10,000 migrants, most of whom are Haitian, are still in the makeshift camp on the Texan border. The conditions in the U.S. migrant camp are dismal, and only worsening. The camp sprang up between the Texan town Del Rio all the way to Mexico’s Ciudad Acuna, spanning the massive Rio Grande. 

People at the Port-au-Prince rushed back after the plane that had deported them this week, showing mounting anger for deportations. After having made such a difficult, strenuous, and stressful journey to the U.S. costing thousands of dollars, the migrants were devastated to be returned to Haiti. 

The U.S. has recently removed at least 4,000 people from the processing site, some being deported and others being moved to different processing centers. More than 500 Haitians have been deported to Haiti on four different flights. 

Head of the U.N. Refugee Agency Filippo Grandi said that these mass expulsions to such a horrible situation may be a violation of international law. The deportations may be exposing the migrants to life-threatening situations, he said. 

Migrants at the camp include people from Haiti, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela and Nicaragua. 

Haitians are trying to leave the country following the horrific 2010 earthquake, exacerbated by further hardships this year, including another earthquake this year. In addition, the political situation in Haiti is worsening, with its president having been assassinated in July. 

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