A senior US official apologized on Friday for the treatment of Haitian immigrants at the US-Mexico border, saying that This is not the way border agents or the Department of Homeland Security act.
Juan Gonzalez, the US National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, made the remarks during a two-day official visit to Haiti to talk with local officials about immigration and other issues.
“I mean, it was unfair, it was wrong,” announced. “The noble people of Haiti and any immigrant deserve to be treated with dignity.”
The US government has recently come under fire for its treatment of Haitian immigrants, with photos showing men on horseback cornering Haitian immigrants who have traveled to the region to seek asylum.
Gonzalez was accompanied on the visit by the US Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, as the expulsions of Haitians from the United States to their homeland continued. Since September 19, The United States expelled about 4,600 Haitian immigrants from Del Rio, Texas, on a total of 43 flights, According to the Department of Homeland Security.
González argued that the mass gathering of migrants along the border had become a public health emergency and warned those considering going there not to risk their lives.
‘The danger is too great’, She said.
Earlier, Gonzalez and Nichols met on Wednesday with Haitian and Cuban Americans in Miami and on Thursday with Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, members of Haiti’s civil society and political leaders to discuss immigration, public security, the pandemic and efforts to help those affected by the 7.2 earthquake that struck the southern region out of the country in mid-August.