Haitian Migrants Surging on Land and Sea

In the past 20 days, Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector of Texas have apprehended more than 450 Haitian nationals after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the United States. Officials are saying a surge of Haitians has begun in that area of the border.

Illegal Haitian Migrants in Texas Awaiting Removal to Mexico (CBP)

The Haitians made up fully 25 percent of the total of more than 1,800 illegal migrants intercepted and returned in that sector during that period. The remainder represented 25 different countries.

During all of Fiscal Year 2020, which ended on September 30, a total of approximately 1,982 Haitian migrants were apprehended in the Del Rio Sector, so the recent 450 indicate a substantial increase.

All of those illegal migrants apprehended were returned to Mexico under the Title 42 Coronavirus protection protocols put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March.

In addition to the overland potential for Haitian surges, illegal access by sea remains an ongoing and growing threat. Haiti seems to be exporting boat people on a continuing basis. On October 9, the Marine Branch of the Turks and Caicos police intercepted a boat carrying 206 illegal Haitian migrants while trying to illegally enter that British territory. On that same day, a boat containing 23 undocumented Haitian migrants was intercepted off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida. The DHS “Homeland Threat Assessment” that we discussed here on October 16 in fact foresees a potential post-pandemic maritime surge from the island nation:

Political instability and food insecurity in Haiti, and the uncertainty of COVID-19 impacts in the region will increase the chances of a maritime mass migration event.

Attempts by Haitians to illegally reach the United States or other islands in the Caribbean are not new, of course, but the rise in such activity is. A theory presented by the Miami Herald earlier this month suggests it might partly be due to a sudden rise in that nation’s currency against the U.S. dollar. That sudden increase has cut in half the buying power of many Haitians, most of whom hold their cash in dollars.

Regardless of the cause, illegal entry into the United States–by Haitians or anyone else–is a crime that ultimately costs American citizenry in myriad ways. It must be stopped.

For me, see Breitbart News.

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