Immigration appointments renewed for Haitians at San Ysidro – Video
– San Diego Union-Tribune
“We are having an immigration crisis,” Mexico says.
“After days of waiting in limbo, hundreds of Haitians stranded in Tijuana on Monday lined up at a trailer near the border for appointments to be processed for entry into the United States by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A previous appointment process had to be scrapped after authorities discovered an underground market had evolved, said a Mexican official with knowledge of the situation. The appointments were re-opened on Monday under a new system that involves the stamping of a Mexican immigration document.
A total of 930 people were given appointments, said the official, who said he could not give his name because his agency had not authorized him to speak.
Migrant advocates said that hundreds began lining up overnight outside the Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava, a soup kitchen and shelter near the border. The appointments were being given at a trailer on the shelter’s grounds operated by Mexico’s National Migration Institute.
“We are having an immigration crisis,” said Rosario Lozada Romero, head of a municipal office that offers assistance to migrants, talking to reporters outside the center. “I believe this is the beginning of a situation that is going to become even more difficult.”
….Continue reading more of the informative article and see the eye-opening video @ UT San Diego
– One has to wonder why Mexico let in economic migrants into their country, when they cannot even take care of their own people properly? Now they realize what allowing unlimited migration can bring? A bit late for that. Irresponsible and reckless.
We are witnessing a global meltdown, as one impoverished group invades another. Compounding cultural and economic problems, Mexicans generally don’t speak French and the Haitians don’t speak Spanish. They can’t even communicate at the most basic levels./CJ
U.S. to Step Up Deportations of Haitians Amid Surge at Border
– NY Times
Obama Effectively has had an Open Border for Haitians for Six Years – Since 2010 Earthquake
“The Obama administration, responding to an extraordinary wave of Haitian migrants seeking to enter the United States, said on Thursday that it would fully resume deportations of undocumented Haitian immigrants.
After an earthquake devastated parts of Haiti in 2010, the United States suspended deportations, saying that sending Haitians back to the country at a time of great instability would put their lives at risk. About a year later, officials partly resumed deportations, focusing on people convicted of serious crimes or those considered a threat to national security.
But since last spring, thousands of Haitian migrants who had moved to Brazil in search of work have been streaming north, mostly by land, winding up at American border crossings that lead to Southern California.
Few have arrived with American visas, but nearly all have been allowed to enter the United States because immigration officials were prohibited, under the modified deportation policy, from using the so-called fast-track removal process often employed at the border for new, undocumented arrivals.
Instead, the migrants were placed in a slower deportation process and released, with an appointment to appear in immigration court at a later date, officials said. Since early summer, most have been given permission to remain in the country for as long as three years under a humanitarian parole provision, immigrant advocates said.
With the full resumption of deportations, which took effect on Thursday morning, Haitians who arrive at the border without visas will be put into expedited removal proceedings.
Jeh Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement that conditions in Haiti had “improved sufficiently to permit the U.S. government to remove Haitian nationals on a more regular basis.”
While Mr. Johnson’s statement did not mention the recent influx of Haitians along the southwestern border, Homeland Security officials, during a conference call with reporters, cited the migrant wave as the other major factor in the administration’s decision.
Since last October, officials said, more than 5,000 Haitians without visas have shown up at the San Ysidro crossing that links Tijuana, Mexico, with San Diego. By comparison, 339 Haitians without visas arrived at the San Ysidro crossing in the 2015 fiscal year.
An additional 4,000 to 6,000 Haitians were thought to be making their way from Brazil, immigrant advocates in San Diego and Tijuana said, based on estimates from shelters along the Brazil-to-Mexico migration route.”
….Continue reading more @ NY Times
Question: Do we have the capability to vett these asylum seekers? Do we have the resources?
Like anything else, if we cannot afford the cost to properly vett these people, we cannot afford it. We have no obligation to accept people coming through Mexico, claiming any sort of refugee status. It is Mexico’s problem now./CJ