More than 40 children with non-Haitian passports were deported to Haiti this week as the Biden administration attempts to mitigate the massive influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border, according to a new report.
As of Wednesday, out of the 1,424 people deported from the US to Haiti, 41 of them were children with foreign citizenship, according to the International Organization for Migration, which is assisting in processing the deportees.
Giuseppe Loprete, chief of the mission for the IOM, told CNN that out of the 170 children deported, at least 30 have Chilean passports, nine have Brazilian passports and two have Venezuelan passports. Their parents are Haitian.
“The kids were born in those countries, they speak Spanish very well,” Loprete told CNN, adding that the IOM plans to work with Haiti’s Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad regarding the children.
Chile’s immigration authority confirmed that any child born in the country or with permanent residency would be welcomed back in the country.
Haitian Foreign Minister Claude Joseph told the outlet that Brazil is willing to accept the children and their families back as well. However, Brazil’s Foreign Ministry said it has “not been notified, so far, about the reported issue.” The Ministry added that consular assistance would be provided for Brazilian citizens.
Venezuelan officials have not publicly spoken on the issue.
The deportations come roughly a week after thousands of migrants crossed the Rio Grande into Texas, where, by some estimates, nearly 15,000 people camped under the Del Rio International Bridge.
Removals of the migrants at the campsite began on Sunday and as of late Thursday, approximately 3,100 remain under the bridge, the Department of Homeland Security told The Post.
The department revealed that over 5,800 migrants have been removed from the Del Rio camp, but did not specify how many have been released into the US. Among the removed, 1,949 have been returned to Haiti on 17 deportation flights. The flights will continue on a regular basis, DHS said.
Over 3,900 migrants have been processed for expulsion from the US under the CDC’s Title 42 order related to COVID-19 or “placed into removal proceedings,” meaning they have been given a notice to appear at an immigration office within the next 60 days. It is unclear how many were processed or given the notices.
As they transport the Haitian migrants back to the Caribbean nation, some Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and pilots have been bitten and attacked by migrants during the deportation flights.
In one incident, two Haitians left their seats and bit ICE officials as their plane was taxiing down the runway at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio on Monday, law enforcement officials told the Washington Examiner.
The plane turned back due to the disturbance, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the two Haitians were arrested.
Another flight was canceled on Monday after illegal immigrants became “disruptive” and started “fighting personnel” on the plane, the officials said.
In a separate incident, several Haitians assaulted the pilots and injured three ICE officials after a flight carrying only male migrants landed in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, according to NBC.