WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will prioritize all single adult Haitians and some Haitian families for deportation, after more than 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants converged on a border bridge in Del Rio, Texas , say two senior Department of Homeland Security officials.
Unaccompanied children and some families will be allowed to stay in the U.S. and given dates for asylum hearings, the senior Homeland Security officials said. Thousands of others will be deported to Haiti , including families who do not claim asylum and all single adults.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to Del Rio on Monday, speaking to media near the bridge, where thousands of Haitians remain. The Border Patrol moved 3,300 migrants out from under the bridge on Sunday, and Mayorkas said thousands more had been moved on Monday. Mayorkas said there were now 600 federal agents, officers and personnel detailed to handle the migrants in Del Rio.
Mayorkas blamed the sudden influx on misinformation about the Biden administration’s policy of Temporary Protective Status that allowed Haitians already in the U.S. prior to July 29 to stay for a temporary but undefined period of time. He said many falsely believed if they arrived now, they would also be allowed to stay.
Mayorkas said DHS is “very concerned” that Haitians “are receiving false information that the border is open or Temporary Protective Status is available,” Mayorkas said.
"I want to make sure that it is known that this is not the way to come to the United States," he said. "That is false information."
Many of the newly arrived migrants have not seen Haiti since they fled to Latin American countries after the 2010 earthquake or other natural or political crises.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin flying six to eight deportation flights per day starting Tuesday, the officials said. There were three deportation flights Sunday. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will visit Del Rio on Monday for a briefing and meet with state and local officials.