THE BEST OPTION FOR THE BORDER CRISIS. Biden administration officials are scrambling to remove the thousands of illegal border crossers, most originally from Haiti, who remain under that bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Officials are moving many of the migrants to the care of aid organizations that will send them to live all around the United States. Others are being taken straight to airports for the trip to a new destination in the country. Some, single males, mostly, are being sent to Haiti, although the Biden administration is the target of protests for taking that action and could stop any day.
But there is an option for handling the crisis that is not releasing the migrants into the U.S., which is a clear reward for entering the country illegally, or deportation. Most of the migrants are originally from Haiti, but they have not lived in Haiti for years. Many fled their home country a decade ago, after the 2010 earthquake, ultimately landing in Chile and Brazil. There, they built new lives before making the decision in recent weeks and months to leave for the U.S.
How many have done that? Estimates range at around 25,000. Here is how the Dallas Morning News editorial board describes it:
It's unclear how many Haitians at the U.S. border came from South America, but analysts tracking migration patterns point to data from the Panamanian government, which reported that more than 20,000 Haitians crossed its southern border this year, along with 4,365 Chilean and Brazilian children born to Haitian parents. Records show those numbers jumped dramatically in June and July. Misinformation and economic insecurity seem to be driving the surge.