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Former Haiti envoy says he learned of deportations "on the news" – Axios

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Daniel Foote in 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
The former special envoy for Haiti said Thursday that he learned of the deportations of thousands of Haitians seeking shelter in the Texas border town of Del Rio "on the news just like the rest of us."
The backdrop: Ambassador Daniel Foote's remarks come two weeks after he resigned from his post over the use of a Trump-era public health order to rapidly expel migrants staying in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio.
Driving the news: "Nobody asked me about the deportations. I found out about it on the news just like the rest of us," Foote said during a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.
The big picture: Foote resigned last month — just two months after being named to the position — citing "the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees," per his his resignation letter.
What he's saying: "Deportation back to Haiti is not the answer right now, I am not saying that impending migrants who are in illegal status shouldn't be deported, but Haiti is too dangerous," Foote said.
Go deeper: Special envoy for Haiti resigns over Biden deportations
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday warned Haitian migrants in Mexico that they would not succeed in making it to the United States, calling the journey "profoundly dangerous," Reuters reports.
Driving the news: "The journey is profoundly dangerous and it will not succeed," Blinken said at a news conference in Mexico's capital, per Reuters.
Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas. Photo: Erika Goldring/WireImage
At least eight people were killed and hundreds more injured after a crowd at Houston's Astroworld music festival surged toward the stage Friday night, officials said.
Driving the news: The crowd surge, which officials described as a "mass casualty incident," happened just after 9 p.m. local time as rapper Travis Scott performed. Houston fire chief Sam Peña said that people began to "compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic" and overwhelmed security.
Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
A federal appeals court on Saturday stayed enforcement of the Biden administration’s private-employer vaccine mandate, contending it raises “grave statutory and constitutional issues.”
The big picture: President Biden announced earlier in the week that certain employers must ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or tested weekly by Jan. 4, 2022, or face federal fines starting at nearly $14,000 per violation, according to senior administration officials.

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