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American immigration officials sent approximately 4,000 Haitian migrants seeking asylum back to Haiti on flights organized by the Department of Homeland Security over the last 10 days as part of a plan to clear an encampment of up to 15,000 people under the international bridge at the border town of Del Rio, Texas.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said another 8,000 migrants volunteered to return to Mexico while officials are processing 5,000 more people “to determine whether they will be expelled or placed in immigration removal proceedings.”
The U.S. has so far allowed at least 12,400 Haitian nationals to enter, temporarily, while they make claims before an immigration judge to stay in the country. They could be denied and would be subject to removal, the Associated Press reported.
The photos below document the treacherous experience the migrants faced as they traveled from Ciudad Acuna, across the Rio Grande River to Del Rio.