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 in a rapidly growing camp across the border in Mexico woke up on Thursday, surrounded and protected by security forces.
According to both the Associated Press and the Dallas Morning News, the number of migrants in a makeshift camp under the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, had dwindled to about 4,000 people on Thursday. Last weekend, the camp topped out at 15,000.
According to immigration officials, the camp has been reduced to about 3200 migrants being processed in the US and others sent back to Haiti. According to the AP, approximately 1,400 migrants were flown back to Haiti via 13 flights.
According to the AP, another “several thousand”, have crossed Rio Grande and been returned to Mexico. The Dallas Morning News reports that many of them crossed the Rio Grande after being informed that some migrants had been sent back home to Haiti. The paper reports that “most likely will seek another opportunity to enter the US”
The US is also in talks with Brazil in Chile to allow some Haitians who previously lived in those countries to return, the AP said.
If they require it, those who are still in the US camp would be provided with food as well as medical care.
Both countries seem keen to end the politicized humanitarian situation at its border.
On Thursday, Daniel Foote (the Biden government’s special envoy for Haiti) submitted a letter de resignation protesting large-scale, “inhumane” evictions.