December 6, 2022

US Ambassador to Haiti Biden resigns over administrative policy

A senior U.S. diplomat overseeing Haiti policy has resigned, and two U.S. officials submitted a letter to the State Department encouraging the Biden administration’s “inhumane, negative decision” to deport Haitians this summer. Deadly earthquake And political chaos.

Diplomat, Daniel Food, Appointed Special Envoy to Haiti in July, After a few weeks President Jovnell Moss Was He was killed in his bedroom during a night raid on his home. Former Ambassador to Zambia and Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Food did not respond to requests for comment Thursday morning.

In his resignation letter, dated Wednesday, he acknowledged that some of the Biden administration had been deported. Food criticized Thousands of Haitian immigrants Who recently traveled from Mexico and Central America to the Texas border.

“I do not consider it necessary to comment on such fabrications,” said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau. PBS NewsHour previously announced. Its credibility was confirmed by a senior Foreign Office official and a congressional official.

Mr Houthi exploded a “cycle of international political interference in Haiti” that “continued to produce catastrophic results”, and he warned that number Immigrants to the U.S. border “will only grow if we add to Haiti’s unacceptable misery.”

In May, the Biden administration extended the temporary protection status to 150,000 Haitians already living in the United States. The order was again extended to Haitians living in the United States before July 29. But even though they did not qualify for the program, tens of thousands of Haitians tried to enter the United States.

Mr. Food is said to have pushed for more oversight and responsibilities in his mission as Haiti’s ambassador, which was rejected by senior Foreign Office officials. A spokesman for the department, Nate Price, said Thursday, Mr. Food described the proposed projects, including those that were “guaranteed to be detrimental to our commitment to promoting democracy in Haiti and were rejected during the policy process.”

“No idea is ignored, but not all ideas are good ideas,” Mr. Price said. He said in his resignation letter that Mr. Futin responded by claiming that his recommendations had been “ignored and rejected.”

“Our policy approach to Haiti is deeply flawed,” he said. Foot wrote.

Rise in Haitian immigration Within months of President Biden’s inauguration, former President Donald J. Trump began to quickly change his strict immigration policies.

The US border patrol Said to be over 9,000 Immigrants, Mostly from Haiti, Held in a makeshift arena under From the river International bridge agents in Texas worked as quickly as they could to process them.

About 1,400 Haitians The first were deported on Sunday More flights are scheduled each day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As of Thursday, there were about 4,050 immigrants, most of them Haitians, still on the Del Rio Bridge.

Over the next several weeks, 14,000 migrants are expected to return to Haiti. Haitian officials have called on the United States to impose a “humanitarian embargo” amid widespread instability.

But the Biden Administration, Has implemented policies aimed at slowing the entry of immigrants, facing the highest crossings in decades. On Monday, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Majorcos said newly arrived Haitians will not be closed by extended temporary residence orders earlier this year.

During a press conference in Del Rio, Texas, on Monday, he said, “We are very concerned about the misinformation that Haitians on this illegal migration route may have their borders open or have temporary protected status.” “I want to make sure you know this is not the way to come to the United States.”

Officials at the Haitian embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.

In a statement, the State Department said Mr. He thanked Futin’s service and said, “The United States is committed to supporting safe, orderly and humanitarian relocation throughout our region.”

The report said the United States and the United Nations Immigration Service were meeting with Haitians at the Port-au-Prince airport to ensure food, health and $ 100 were provided.

“In the long run, the US government is committed to working with the Haitian government and its partners to strengthen the rule of law and the rule of law, enhance inclusive economic growth, and promote security and the protection of human rights in Haiti.” The department said in a statement.

Elaine Sullivan Contributed report.