A senior US official has apologized to Haitian immigrants for their treatment on the southern border.
Juan Gonzalez, senior director of the Western Hemisphere at the US National Security Council, called the images of Haitian asylum seekers on horseback “unfair.”
“I want to say that this was an injustice, that it was wrong,” he said during a two-day trip to Haiti to meet with local leaders to discuss migration. “Haiti’s proud people and any refugee deserve to be treated with dignity.”
Gonzalez added that large crowds of immigrants on the border created a public health emergency and warned those planning to travel to the United States not to risk their lives.
“The danger is huge,” he said.
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Gonzalez was traveling with US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nicholas, while the Haitians were being deported from the United States to their homeland. Since September 19, the United States has flown approximately 4,600 Haitian migrants on 43 flights from Del Rio, Texas. Department of Homeland Security.
Gonzalez and Nicholas met earlier Wednesday in Miami with Haitian Americans and Cuban Americans, and on Thursday with Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, members of civil society and political leaders in Haiti. Met to talk about efforts. A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the southern part of the country in mid-August.
Nicholas said that during his visit, he heard many people talking about the challenges facing Haiti, noting that there was a “surprising” agreement on a possible solution.
“There is no solution for Haiti and its people that can be imposed from outside,” he said. From the assassination of the President on July 7 Juvenal Moyes. In his private home, “However, we in the United States are committed to providing the Haitian people with the help they need to make their vision a success.”
Nicholas said the talks with the prime minister were constructive, adding that the United States was encouraging consensus and a comprehensive vision.
“Haiti’s future depends on its people,” he said. “The United States is committed to cooperating with the Haitian people as they work to bring prosperity and security to their country.”
Nichols said a technical team from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement will visit next week as it struggles with the escalation of Haitian gang-related violence, the bureau’s assistant secretary said in the coming weeks. Will visit He said that later this month, the Under-Secretary for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights would meet with other senior officials to discuss police and security issues.