CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico — A camp where more than 14,000 migrants had waited along the Texas border just days ago is now dramatically smaller. However, migrants from Mexico woke up Thursday morning in a camp that was growing and was surrounded by security personnel.
According to both the Associated Press and the Dallas Morning News, the number of migrants at a makeshift camp under the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, had shrunk to about 4,000 people by Thursday. The camp reached its peak at 15,000 people last weekend.
The camp’s size has been reduced by immigration officials who have processed approximately 3,200 migrants into the U.S., and sent others back to Haiti. The AP reports that approximately 1,400 migrants were flown back to Haiti via 13 flights.
Another “several hundred” migrants crossed the Rio Grande and have returned to Mexico. The Dallas Morning News reports that many of them crossed the Rio Grande after being told by other migrants that they were expelled from Haiti. The newspaper reports that “most will presumably seek another opportunity to enter the U.S.”
The U.S. is also in talks with Brazil in Chile to allow some Haitians who had previously been living in those countries to return, according to the AP.
If they require it, those still at the U.S. camp are receiving food and medical attention.
Both countries seem eager to end the increasingly politicized humanitarian situation on the border.
On Thursday, Daniel Foote, the Biden administration’s special envoy for Haiti, submitted a letter de resignation protesting large-scale, “inhumane” expulsions of Haitian migrants.