From Haiti to the Rio Grande: heart-breaking images of the migration crisis

Crossing the border
Suffering
Tragic images
Makeshift camp of 14,000
Closed border
Driven out by poverty
Haitians from other parts of Latin America
Mexico demands US social measures
Closed borders policy
Repatriation flights
The migratory flow does not stop
The caravan will change its route
An unsolved problem
Girls and boys in danger
From San Antonio to Port-au-Prince: the end of a dream
Rio Grande guarded
Thousands of captured immigrants
Other entry points
Crossing the border

In Del Río, a small Texas town on the banks of the Rio Grande (on the US-Mexico border), thousands of Haitian migrants await a better destination.

Suffering

They crossed the waters that separated them from the "American dream." Their suffering represents a social and political crisis for President Joe Biden.

Tragic images

Images of migrants swimming in the Rio Grande, seen in September, show the despair of hundreds of poor people.

Makeshift camp of 14,000

In fact, there are more than 14,000 people of different nationalities in a makeshift camp under the Del Río International Bridge, waiting to be identified.

Closed border

The United States has sent reinforcements to the police and is threatening deportations. The Republican opposition has seized the opportunity to blame the Joe Biden administration for weakness in defending the borders.

Driven out by poverty

Haiti is experiencing one of its worst moments in a history full of horrible events. In July 2021, its president, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated. In addition, a devastating earthquake recently hit the country.

Haitians from other parts of Latin America

Thousands of people have fled Haiti in recent months and ended up in various parts of Latin America. From many points they have been forming a caravan to the United States.

Mexico demands US social measures

Mexican President Andrés López Obrador has called on the United States for social programs that go beyond repressive measures.

Closed borders policy

But the United States has not strayed an inch from its zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration.

Repatriation flights

Some immigrants who entered the United States illegally have already been sent to Haiti by plane, and the intention is that the number of daily repatriation flights will increase.

The migratory flow does not stop

Yet, famine forces humans to go their own way, despite all the difficulties. It is a matter of mere survival.

The caravan will change its route

The most logical thing for the caravan of Haitian migrants is to change their destination and look for another weak point to cross the Rio Grande before the security reinforcement arrives.

An unsolved problem

What to do in the face of these massive population flows that no country can easily absorb?

Girls and boys in danger

It is especially painful to see a large number of children among Haiti's migrant groups.

From San Antonio to Port-au-Prince: the end of a dream

It is devastating for these migrants to end up on a plane and fly from the airport in San Antonio, Texas, to Port-au-Prince, Haiti - back to where they started.

Rio Grande guarded

The river border between Mexico and the United States is guarded day and night by many types of vehicles.

Thousands of captured immigrants

The United States arrested more than 200,000 irregular immigrants in August 2021 alone.

Other entry points

But immigration remains active. Whether through the desert or by the Rio Grande (as in the picture). The phenomenon is complex and difficult to stop.

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