Two top officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have warned as many as 10,000-12,000 Haitian illegal immigrants will be released into the United States.
This, according to a report by the Washington Examiner who spoke to the senior officials.
The report claims that the camp of Haitians under the Del Rio-Acuna International Bridge, at one point totaling over 15,000 individuals, is to be cleared out by a Friday night deadline imposed by the Biden administration.
The report breaks down how anywhere between 3,000 to 5,000 migrants have been or will be deported. The rest either remain under the bridge or are being processed.
“The remaining 10,000 to 12,000 people will be released into the country and permitted to travel nationwide, according to two top officials at different DHS agencies that handle border and immigration matters,” the Examiner writes.
Why they’re looking to clear out the camp is rather interesting.
Not to deport them because our border is secure and their illegal entry (false asylum claims) will not be tolerated. Not to fix a humanitarian crisis of the White House’s own doing. Not to address a situation that has left thousands of people living in squalid conditions.
But rather, because of optics.
“They want those people out from under that bridge so they can’t be seen anymore,” one official said, according to the Examiner.
“It’s an optics thing. They are moving them around for process and release. They’re going to have everyone at the bridge gone in the next two days.”
Why are they worried about optics?
“Federal authorities learned this week of a Black Lives Matter protest scheduled to take place near the bridge this weekend and moved quickly to avoid a more chaotic scene,” the Examiner reports.
Another official cited the fact that “they don’t want them all riled up.”
It was okay when residents of Del Rio were riled up about migrants in the area. But when BLM says jump, that’s when the Biden administration asks, “How high?”
The new report seems to confirm allegations by officials that Haitian migrants are being released into the United States on a “very, very large scale.”
An Associated Press report earlier this week cited a source who says the large-scale release of Haitians may rest “in the thousands.”
Both stories undercut the White House claims that the migrants are being expelled from the country.
One official told the Washington Examiner a different story – that the illegal immigrants are simply being moved to other locations.
“Most will be at other holding facilities in other sectors. They are basically just moving the bridge to other areas. It’s all about optics,” they said through email correspondence.
“It’s getting hard to move them because they are getting aggressive.”
On Thursday, The Political Insider reported that Haitian migrants had ‘hijacked’ buses meant to deliver them to processing centers or deportation flights, while others assaulted U.S. pilots and injured multiple ICE officers by biting them.
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