A temporary border camp that has upset the US government was evacuated on Friday (24) with thousands of Haitian migrants, most of whom remain in the country for now, and others expelled on deportation Has or has returned to Mexico.
Reuters witnesses said movement of temporary shelters and tents had disappeared from Del Rio, Texas, with workers clearing remaining debris along the Mexican border.
State agents positioned themselves along the coast of the Rio Grande, at the border, to discourage further crossings.
US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said about 30,000 migrants had been found in Del Rio over the past two weeks and that by morning no one was left in the camp.
Meyerkas has promised a speedy investigation into the “horrific” images that have sparked outrage this week, showing a border guard standing guard on horseback to rein in Haitian migrants.
“We know that these images painfully evoke the worst elements of our country’s ongoing fight against systemic racism,” he told a news conference.
More than 12,000 immigrants will have the chance to present their case for protection before US immigration judges. About 8,000 voluntarily returned to Mexico and 2,000 were deported to Haiti. The fate of the other prisoners is yet to be decided.
Trying to balance the outcry towards the immigrants, Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano praised agents for trying to provide food and medical care and said there were no deaths.
On Friday, Reuters reported that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had formally requested Brazil to receive some Haitians in rural areas, according to two sources with knowledge of the request.
Many Haitians arriving at the US border have already lived in Brazil and Chile, while others have passed through South American countries.