Two dozen Haitian migrants, including toddlers, were detained on Tuesday (September 21) by immigration authorities during hotel raids in Ciudad Acuna, a small Mexican town near the border with the US state of Texas.
Officers from Mexico’s national migration institute (INM) entered two budget hotels on a small street in Ciudad Acuna and escorted migrant families into vans.
Mexico and the United States were on Wednesday (September 22) preparing to fly more Haitian migrants away from chaotic U.S.-Mexico border camps.
U.S. authorities have deported more than 500 Haitians since Sunday from a camp housing thousands of mostly Haitian migrants on the U.S. side of border, by the small Texan city of Del Rio.
At the same time, Mexico has begun flying migrants away from the U.S. border, as well as sending some by bus, towards its border with Guatemala in the south.
The deportations came amid profound instability in the Caribbean nation, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, where a presidential assassination, rising gang violence, and a major earthquake have spread chaos in recent weeks.
Hundreds of the migrants have also gathered on the Mexican side by Ciudad Acuna, across from Del Rio. The migrants crossed back over the Rio Grande, to retreat from the U.S. camp because of shortages of food and poor conditions there.
On Tuesday, after talks with Haitian government representatives, Mexico said repatriation flights would be offered to those “who wish to return to their country.”
(Production: Alberto Fajardo, Nina Lopez, Liamar Ramos)