“I’m scared. I don’t have a plan.”
26-year-old Gary Monplaisir from Haiti, who traveled to the U.S. border with his wife and 5-year-old daughter.
sep 20, 2021
- A sudden influx of Haitians at the U.S. southern border has created a major challenge for the U.S. federal government (Customs and Border Protection).
- While it's not unusual for Haitians to attempt to cross the southern border, the increase in the recent weeks is notable - with the Associated Press calling the federal government's action "one of America’s swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants or refugees in decades."
- Haitians (and others) are being immediately expelled from the U.S. on flights - the Haitians back to Haiti and others back to central Mexico; Mexico will accept some Central Americans but not other nationals.
- The U.S. is enforcing Title 42 - not allowing some to apply for asylum due to an ongoing health emergency.
- However, not everyone is expelled - some families and minors are allowed to stay and are usually released into the U.S. pending an immigration hearing.
- Why This Matters: The U.S. continues to see record numbers at the U.S. border (as monthly data reflects). State and federal authorities attempted to confront and stop those attempting entry at the southern border, even closing the border for a period of time.