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Haitian envoy to the United States resigns following “inhumane” treatment of migrants

The UN special representative to Haiti, Daniel Foote, stepped down on Thursday. (September 23), referring to the government’s treatment

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The UN special representative to Haiti, Daniel Foote, stepped down on Thursday. (September 23), referring to the government’s treatment of Haitians and other migrants at the Texas border as “inhumane”.

The Press reports that the Biden administration just appointed Foote to the position after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was fatally shot. In response, two U.S. officials told CNN that after his arrival in Jamaica, he became increasingly frustrated because of the lack of urgency of the government in improving conditions there.

“Under no circumstances will I take part in the deportation of thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants from the United States to Haiti. Where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the threat presented by armed gangs to daily life.” Foote wrote in his letter of resignation to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Despite policy recommendations are being ignored and dismissed, our policy approach to Haiti is still deeply flawed, he said. When they were not edited to fit a narrative different from his own.

“With deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking significant changes, Foote announced he was stepping down from the position effective immediately.”

With allegations of border guard misconduct and sped up U.S. expulsion efforts, a change in personnel is announced. U.S. and Mexican border agents have been harassing migrants in disturbing footage collected by the Department of Homeland Security. They arrived at the border last week.

According to AP, the temporary encampment located under the Ciudad Acu*a bridge between Mexico and Texas. Which once hosted over 14,000 people, has shrunk in recent days. Haitian officials confirmed that the U.S. conducted 10 expulsion flights back to Haiti on Sunday (Sept. 19). The Press writes that seven flights per day have been taking place this week, which marks the largest expulsion effort in decades for the United States.

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