Around 12,000 Haitian migrants released in US, Mayorkas says

15:08, 27 September 2021
Around 12,000 Haitian migrants released in US, Mayorkas says Photo: Lorenzo Carnero/ Look Press

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed on Sunday that around 12,000 Haitian migrants, who had been temporarily dwelled underneath Del Rio’s International Bridge, in Texas, have been released into the US and more are likely to follow.

Mayorkas told “Fox News Sunday” that approximately 12,400 Haitian migrants are currently in the process of having asylum claims as more than 5,000 are being processed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Detentions were also taken place near the migration border, thus the number of arrested revolved around 3,000 people.

“Approximately, I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” Mayorkas replied to the question about how many migrants have been released.

Mayorkas expressed disagreement under the questioning by Fox News Chris Wallace who claimed that DHS statistics indicate that the situation regarding migrant’s “flood” has become much worse under the Biden administration.

“I wouldn't call it a flood,” Mayorkas said.

The illegal border breaches add oil into fire when it comes to the pandemic, which the US seriously suffers from. Migrants who crossed the US frontier may be infected with coronavirus while the Biden administration hasn't required them to complete the COVID-19 tests or to inoculate the illicit travelers.

Speaking upon how many of the 30,000 migrants were tested, Mayorka said that the Biden administration follows “strict COVID testing protocols.”

“We test, isolate, and quarantine unaccompanied children. We work with nonprofit organizations to test families,” he said.

“Those who are in ICE custody are tested, isolated and quarantined. Those who are expelled under the Title 42 Public Health Authority are returned immediately. They are not placed in immigration court proceedings, and those we do not test, because they are returned immediately,” Homeland Security Secretary added.

Once the number of the Del Rio bridge dwellers, who camped there out under the squalid conditions exceeded 30,000. Currently the place is cleared of the illegals and 17 deportations of around 2000 migrants were conducted.