The Secretary of Homeland Security USA, the Cuban-American Alejandro Mayorkas, affirmed that Washington negotiates with countries of South America to evaluate possibilities of receiving Haitian migrants in case they return en masse to the border.
If there were another movement of individuals like that, we are prepared for it, explained the official of the North American country in an interview with the Efe agency. I know that the State Department is working very hard with South American countries, from which Haitian migrants most recently traveled, to see if those South American countries will accept the return. of citizens arriving (at the southern border of USA) between our ports of entry, he continued.
On the other hand, although he rejected the term mass expulsions to speak of the deportations of Haitian citizens from USA, like those seen during the last month, affirmed that there is still the possibility that the scenario of the takeoff of several planes with migrants to the Caribbean country will be repeated..
Swashbuckling Title 42 Defense
The Spanish agency consulted Mayorkas for the complaints that the so-called Title 42 – which allows the automatic expulsion of irregular migrants to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – is used as an excuse to deport people before they can justify their request for asylum for valid fears if they are sent back to their countries.
Faced with this questioning, the US official defended this policy by indicating that it had been ordered by the highest health authority in the country (the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control) with the aim of containing the pandemic and that, therefore , is relevant. It even asserts that this provision is also an effort to protect the migrant population itself.
On the other hand, Mayorkas declared that Justice had ordered the Administration of President Joe Biden to reestablish the policy called Stay in Mexico, ordered by former President Donald Trump and lifted by the Democrat.
Now, the White House must re-implement this practice, which requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexican territory while their situation is resolved. For this reason, both governments work side by side to guarantee the safety of migrants, said Mayorkas.