Only 225 Haitians still in Del Rio; 1,800 being processed in El Paso
DEL RIO, Texas — The top elected official in the Texas border county where thousands of Haitian migrants camped in recent days says only 225 migrants remain.
Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens told The Associated Press in a text message on Friday that he’s been told all of the migrants will be removed by the end of the day.
Nearly 15,000 had gathered there last week. The number peaked Saturday as migrants driven by confusion over the Biden administration’s policies and misinformation on social media converged at the border crossing trying to seek asylum.
Many face expulsion to their home country, but not all. Some will be allowed to stay in the U.S. while asylum claims are pending.
In El Paso, U.S. Border Patrol Sector Chief Gloria Chavez tweeted Friday that “processing is underway for more than 1,800 Haitian nationals.” After processing, most migrants will be flown out to their final destination – which in this case is Port-Au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.
Ruben Garcia, the head of El Paso’s Annunciation House shelter, told ABC-7 that he was expecting the arrival of 300 to 350 Haitian migrants at his facility on Friday. The shelter typically houses migrants on a temporary basis until arrangements are made to unite them with family or sponsors in the U.S.
TEAM EL PASO! Processing is underway for more than 1800 #Haitian nationals. Huge Kudos to our #USBP Agents & Coordinators, ERO partners, OFO CBPOs, DHS volunteers & NGO network working in unison to get the job done! #Togetherwesucceed @DFOElPaso @EROElPaso @DHSgov pic.twitter.com/hy0hD1M8Ea
— Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefEPT) September 24, 2021
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