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Jumat, 24 September 2021

For Haitian migrants, Mexican reality replaces US dream - NEWS.com.au

The American dream is fading for Haitian migrants confronted with the harsh reality at the US border with Mexico, where some are considering staying and getting a job to survive instead.

"I'm not in a hurry to enter the United States. If I find an opportunity, yes, but if I can't, I'm not going to risk crossing there," said 29-year-old mother Yslande Saint Ange.

In the park in Ciudad Acuna where they have set up a makeshift camp, men and women gathered discussing what to do given the deportations of Haitians who crossed the Rio Grande river to the US side.

"I got up running and told my husband to run because the migration authorities are going to take us," Saint Ange said.

Mexican immigration officials then entered the camp to announce that the operation was to "protect" the migrants and "invite" them to return to the southern city of Tapachula while their refugee applications are processed.

"If I go to Tapachula, what can I do? I left my country four years ago... I have nothing -- nothing!" said Hollando Altidor, 25.

Marc Desilhomme, 29, said he was ready to stay in Mexico if he can send money to his daughter who lives in Chile.

- 'Left in a hurry' -

When the police arrived, Etlover Doriscar grabbed his son and wife by the hand and fled with just the clothes on his back, fearing that they would be detained.

Attempting to cross into the United States and risk deportation back to his country is out of the question for Doriscar.

By Friday morning, the number of migrants camped in the park in Ciudad Acuna had dwindled to around 200 -- a third of the number at the start of the week.

On the US side of the Rio Grande, the last of more than 15,000 migrants who had been camped under a bridge in Texas have either been removed or went back to Mexico voluntarily, authorities said.

Sonja Pierre, who arrived at the border a week ago, said commission officials should come to Ciudad Acuna to help the migrants with documents instead of sending them back to Tapachula.

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