The United States learned of a wave of Haitian immigrants

October 7, 2021, 12:21 pmWASHINGTON, Oct 7 (PRINSA LATINA) Three officials said today that the US Department of Homeland Security has known since July that thousands of Haitians will arrive at the southern border, but has not alerted agents not to share intelligence.

In an anonymous conversation with NBC, officials asserted that misinformation and convenience in increasing deportations left immigration agents ill-prepared to deal with the crisis that erupted last month at the border.

In September 28,000 illegal immigrants, mostly Haitians, gathered on a bridge in the border city of Del Rio, Texas.

Customs, Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis had information since July that this large group was heading north from South and Central America.

According to unidentified sources, DHS did not disclose the size or speed of movement of the group of immigrants, nor did it make clear that they would all arrive at the same place. The officials explained that the department internally recognized the flaws and included them in its discussions to be more prepared for any future crises.

Throughout the summer, there have been disagreements within President Joe Biden’s administration about increasing deportations of Haitians who are already in the United States illegally.

Officials said many argued that the deportations would prevent more people from coming.

From mid-September so far, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported over 7,200 Haitians to Haiti.

Migrant rights advocates say it is inhumane to repatriate Caribbean migrants, mired in an unprecedented crisis due to the assassination of leader Jovenel Moise and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook the country in mid-August.

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