Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, other local leaders gather in Little Haiti, denouncing the treatment of Haitian migrants at the border – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
MIAMI (WSVN) – Republican and Democratic lawmakers are ecstatic about the border crisis.
“I was pissed off by what I saw,” said MP Frederica Wilson.
Wilson’s backlash comes after footage of border patrol officers on horses rounding up migrants.
Democrats are also unhappy with the president’s decision to deport thousands of people to Haiti.
The disturbing images from the border resonated with residents of South Florida.
The Archdiocese of Miami is now involved by sending two of its priests to meet the migrants at the border.
One of the priests is from Notre Dame d’HaÃ¯ti Catholic Church in Little Haiti.
Dump trucks and heavy machinery were seen on Thursday cleaning up empty parts of the Haitian migrant camp on the southern border.
The cleanup efforts are a harsh criticism of the United States’ handling of the crisis. keep on going.
âThey put chains on our feet, around our stomachs, on our hands,â said Eddy Teverme, who has been deported from the United States.
Teverme, along with others, returned to his home country. He described how he was taken home to Port-au-Prince after attempting to enter the United States.
âThey put us in cars and took us to the airport,â Teverme said. âThere were Haitians working on the plane who told us not to resist because there were soldiers on the plane.
Many remain under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas as the United States tries to figure out what to do.
Some like Teverme were repatriated by plane while others are released in the United States.
The United States is even considering using a migrant center at Guantanamo Bay for others.
The US special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, has had enough of the manipulation.
He tendered his resignation on Thursday.
He wrote in his resignation letter: âI will not be associated with the inhuman and counterproductive decision of the United States to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti.
âSpecial Envoy Foote has had ample opportunity to voice his concerns about migration during his tenure. He’s never done it once, âWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
The United States has already made a decision to end the controversial use of border patrol officers on horseback after the images surfaced earlier in the week.
“It’s horrible, it’s barbaric that people are treated like this,” said Father Reginald Jean-Mary of the Catholic Church of Notre Dame d’Haiti.
Father Jean-Mary will fly to the border on Friday with another priest to meet migrants on behalf of the Archdiocese of Miami.
âPeople tend to lose hope, they tend to feel abandoned, not only by human beings but by God,â said Father Jean-Marie. “The presence of the church will be a revitalizing force for them.”
Community leaders also gathered at the Little Haiti Cultural Center on Thursday.
Wilson had a message for Washington.
âHaiti is not ready to accept anyone to be repatriated,â she said. âThey can barely take care of the people who are in Haiti.
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