The former special envoy for Haiti said on Thursday that he learned of the deportation of thousands of Haitians seeking refuge in the Texas border city of Del Rio “like the rest of us.”
Background: Ambassador Daniel Foote’s comments come two weeks after he resigned from his post over the use of a Trump-era public health order to rapidly evacuate migrants living in a makeshift camp under an international bridge in Del Rio.
running news: “Nobody asked me about deportation. I learned about it from the news, just like everyone else,” Foote said Thursday during a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
- “I thought, I’m the special envoy, so maybe when we’re making policy decisions someone will come and say is this good, is this bad, but it didn’t happen.”
big picture: Foote resigned last month – two months after being named to the post – citing “the inhumane, unfavorable decision of the United States to deport thousands of Haitian refugees,” according to his resignation letter.
- Haiti is facing growing political instability following the assassination of former President Jovanel Mosse and an earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people.
what is he saying: “Deportation back to Haiti is not the answer yet, I am not saying that migrants in illegal status should not be deported, but Haiti is very dangerous,” Foote said.
- “Our own diplomats cannot leave our premises in Port-au-Prince without armed guards.”
- “Exile in the short term is not going to make Haiti more stable. In fact, it is going to make it worse.”
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