By Ebi Kesiena
Mexican officials have urged Haitians on the Texas border trying to reach the United States, to give up and return to Mexico’s frontier with Guatemala to request asylum, even as discontent grows over the treatment meted out to the beleaguered migrants.
Up to 14,000, mostly Haitians, were camped just north of the Rio Grande River this month as they attempted to enter the United States, but hundreds retreated to Mexico after US officials began sending planes of people back to Haiti.
On Thursday, the US Special Envoy to Haiti quit in protest over the Joe Biden administration’s deportation of migrants to the Caribbean nation, which has been rocked by the assassination of its President, gang violence and natural disasters.
This resulted in widespread outrage stirred up by images of a US border guard on horseback unfurling a whip-like cord against at Haitian migrants near their camp.