Authors: Joshua Goodman, Matthew Lee, Danica Coto and Elliott Spagat
U.S. officials said on Thursday that the Biden administration’s special envoy for Haiti resigned to protest the mass deportation of Haitian immigrants to their homes by “inhumane” because it was damaged by civil strife and natural disasters.
Daniel Foote was appointed to the post only after the assassination on July 24th of President Jovenel Moise. Even before the immigrants were expelled from the Texas border town of Del Rio, the professional diplomat was deeply frustrated by his perception of Washington’s lack of urgency and the slowness of efforts to improve conditions in Haiti.
Fu wrote to Secretary of State Anthony Brinken announcing that he would immediately resign and “deeply disappointed” in those seeking major changes.
“I will not associate with the inhumane deportation of thousands of Haitian refugees, illegal immigrants and their families to Haiti by the United States. They are making a counterproductive and unproductive decision. The armed groups present a threat to daily living and American officials remain in a secure compound. He said. Write. “Our policy approach towards Haiti still has serious flaws. My policy recommendations have been rejected, and they were not edited to reflect a different narrative than mine.
The State Department condemned Foote’s resignation at an important moment and rejected his claim that his policy recommendations were ignored.
Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department, stated in writing that “This is a difficult time that requires leadership.” “Unfortunately, Special Envoy Foote didn’t participate in the solution-oriented process. He resigned and misrepresented that he was resigning.”
He said that the president’s advisor is supposed to give him the best advice. Price stated, “No idea can be ignored. But not all ideas make good ideas.”
Foote’s sudden departure left a gap in U.S. policy toward Haiti-U.S. After being nominated to another post in the State Department, Ambassador Michel Sisson will likely leave soon. This is to allow the government to fight in Texas. The reaction of Haitians who camped at the border added another criticism.
Images of border patrol officers using aggressive tactics to attack immigrant on horseback were viralized online this week. Democrats and pro-immigrant groups claim that the US violated American principles by trying to expel thousands upon thousands of Haitians.
The number of immigration camps has shrunk significantly since Saturday’s expulsion of more than 14,000 people. Many of them were deported. Many were deported and released in the United States.
According to Haitian officials the deportation flights to Haiti began Sunday and ended Tuesday. According to U.S. officials, they will fly seven flights per day. This will be the largest and fastest deportations in decades.
At least one Haitian official cheered Foote’s resignation and accused Biden of violating the rights for Haitian immigrants.