Texas border crossing where refugees set up camp to reopen after 15,000 Haitians were allegedly evacuated.

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) – The Texas border crossing, where thousands of Haitian immigrants have gathered in recent weeks, will partially reopen Saturday afternoon.

Federal and local officials said no immigrants remained in makeshift tents until Friday, after some of the nearly 15,000 people had been deported and many more were allowed to stay in the United States, at least. Less temporarily, as they seek refuge.

In a statement, officials said trade and travel operations for passenger traffic at the Del Rio Port of Entry would resume at 4pm on Saturday. It will be reopened to cargo traffic on Monday morning. The CBP temporarily closed the border crossing between Del Rio and Ciudad Aquana, Mexico, on September 17, when refugees suddenly entered Del Rio and set up camp on the American side of the border bridge.

CBP agents searched the brush with Rio Grande on Saturday to make sure no one was hiding near the site. Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said officials also want to make sure no other large group of immigrants is trying to set up a similar camp in the Del Rio area.

The Department of Homeland Security plans to resume flights to Haiti this weekend, ignoring criticism from Democratic lawmakers and human rights groups who say Haitian migrants return to a troubled country. Sending something that was left over a decade ago.

The number of people at the Del Rio camp peaked last week when immigrants gathered at the border crossing, confused by the Biden administration’s policies and misinformation on social media.

The United States and Mexico acted swiftly, eager to end the humanitarian situation, signaling the resignation of the US special envoy to Haiti and forcing border agents to stop and relocate their horses. There was widespread outrage after the photos surfaced.

Many immigrants face deportation because they were not recently included in the Biden administration’s protection of the more than 100,000 Haitian immigrants already in the United States. He cited security concerns and social unrest in the country. A catastrophic earthquake in 2010 forced many people to flee their homes.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meurkas said on Friday that some 2,000 Haitians had been evacuated on 17 flights since Sunday and more would be deported in the coming days under epidemic powers. There may be people who refuse to take refuge.

The Trump administration enacted a policy called Title 42 in March 2020 to legitimize limited immigration policies in an effort to stem the spread of the corona virus. The Biden administration has used it to justify the deportation of Haitian immigrants.

A federal judge ruled last weekend that the rule was inappropriate and gave the government two weeks to stop it, but the Biden administration appealed.

Officials say the State Department is in talks with Brazil and Chile to allow some Haitians who previously lived in those countries to return, but this is complicated because some of them no longer have legal status there. ۔

The United States has allowed approximately 12,400 immigrants to enter the country, at least temporarily, while they remain in the country under asylum laws or for some other legal reason before an immigration judge, Murcas said. Claims. They may eventually refuse and be subject to removal.

About 5,000 DHS detainees are being held and action is being taken to determine whether they will be evicted or allowed to suppress their claim for legal residency, Murcas said. Will Some returned to Mexico.

A U.S. official with direct knowledge of the situation said seven flights to Haiti and six on Sunday were scheduled, although they were subject to change. The official did not have the authority to speak in public.

No migrants were released into the camp on Saturday morning on the Mexican border. Local authorities moved the last migrants to the walled, low-roofed city of Ciudad Aquana, where the Mexican Immigration Agency had set up some tents.

As of Saturday morning, there were 240 people in the shelter, according to Municipal Secretary Felipe Basluto. The Mexican government is relocating migrants to the south of the country by land and air, and plans to launch some flights to Haiti in the coming days.

The Mexico office of the United Nations International Organization for Migration issued a statement late Friday saying it was looking for countries where some Haitians live or where their children have citizenship. So that they can be allowed to be deported to Haiti.

Lexon, a 31-year-old Haitian immigrant who hid his last name out of fear, said he was leaving for Mexico with his wife and son, 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) along the Mexican-California border. Is in the west.

“The option was to go to a place where there weren’t too many people and ask for documents that were legal in Mexico,” he said.

Immigrants stepped out of a white Border Patrol van on Friday at the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Alliance in Del Rio, carrying some sleeping children left in the United States, many smiling and feeling relieved. A small child, wrapped in a silver warm blanket, followed his mother.

A man who traveled about 1,300 miles (2,092 km) from Toledo, Ohio, in hopes of picking up his friend and family, scanned the Haitian immigration line but did not find them. Seen

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