All Haitian migrants who gathered on both sides of the US-Mexico border have left their makeshift camps, according to the US government.
The American Minister of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas had announced, during a press conference at the White House, that “today we have no more migrants in the encampment under the bridge” of the city of Del Rio , in Texas, which counted up to 15,000 people including many Haitians, at the end of last week.
Less than 1 week ago, there were approx. 15,000 migrants in Del Rio, the great majority of whom were Haitian nationals. As of this morning, there are no longer any migrants in the camp underneath the Del Rio International Bridge. pic.twitter.com/q7YPTROEuF
— Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (@SecMayorkas) September 24, 2021
About 2,000 people were deported by plane to Haiti, 8,000 returned voluntarily to Mexico, 5,000 were transferred to accommodation centers and 12,400 were able to leave the site and will have to appear before an immigration judge to defend their claim. asylum, he said.
US authorities have already opened an investigation and temporarily suspended mounted border police operations around Del Rio.