Thousands of migrants, mostly Haitians, who had gathered in makeshift camps on the US border with Mexico, were deported on daily flights chartered by US authorities. The first three planes carrying hundreds of Haitians landed in Port-au-Prince on Sunday.
At most, more than 12,000 people crossed the Rio Grande border at a campground in Del Rio, Texas, over the weekend.
Haiti is the poorest country on the American continent and has become increasingly unstable during the summer as President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and a major earthquake killed thousands.
US authorities have evacuated a total of 3,300 migrants since Friday, and several planes are now expected to continue daily deportations.
Then-US President Donald Trump introduced the possibility of quickly rejecting immigrants without having time to seek asylum, known as “Title 42,” as a health measure during the onset of the pandemic. Last week, a judge ruled that this should not apply to families, but the ruling won’t become final until two weeks from now. It also resumed the government of incumbent President Joe Biden.
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