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Daniel Foot: US special envoy for Haiti resigns over ‘inhumane’ deportation of migrants | international

The penultimate crisis facing the Joe Biden administration worsened this Thursday with the resignation of the White House’s special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foot, who is considering firing Haitian immigrants who were held for several days in the chaotic makeshift camp under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Ciudad Acuña (Coahuila, Mexico) to Texas.

Bigfoot has been appointed to the position after shot dead Last July from the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise. In addition to the assassination, the country in August suffered a devastating earthquake that Nearly 2,200 dead and more than 12,000 woundedand caused a humanitarian crisis for more than half a million people. The diplomat believes that the “collapsed state” in Haiti cannot support the return of deported migrants, contrary to what Washington is planning, which is seeking to increase the frequency of repatriation flights.

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In his resignation letter, dated Wednesday and submitted to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Foote announced his immediate resignation “with deep disappointment.” I will not allow myself to be associated with the inhuman and counterproductive decision made by the United States Thousands of Haitian refugees deported and immigrants in an irregular situation to Haiti, a country where American officials are held in safe barracks because of the danger that armed gangs pose to daily life.”

Daniel Foot during a press conference. Drew Angerer / AFP

Foote considers Washington’s intervention in Haiti unfortunate. “Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my recommendations have been ignored and neglected, if not modified to present a different narrative than mine,” he says.

In his letter, the official continues, Haiti suffers from “poverty, crime, government corruption and a lack of human resources,” concluding that “a collapsed state cannot provide security or basic services, and more refugees will fuel more desperation and more crime.” As a final note, Foote warns that more disasters in Haiti will have “serious” consequences, not only for that country “but for the United States and its hemisphere neighbors.”

Of the nearly 14,000 immigrants counted last week at a settlement in Del Rio, Texas, only half remain, many of whom have been detained or expelled on trips back to Haiti. Others decided to cross the border again and settle in Mexico to avoid deportation.

raw images They were caught last week by media outlets that showed Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing migrants who had crossed the border into the United States and trying to prevent them from entering the perilous camp, unleashing a scandal that prompted the Department of Homeland Security to open an investigation. The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will temporarily suspend the deployment of cavalry agents at this border crossing.

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