‘People will always come’: Inside a Haitian’s journey without end


The Biden administration’s treatment of Haitian migrants has outraged many of his supporters, including members of his government. In protest, the U.S. ambassador to Haiti has resigned. Another senior State Department official has resigned in protest against the continuing use Title 42, Trump’s public health order, which authorizes the expulsion of thousands upon asylum seekers, without any hearing.

While some Haitians were granted asylum and allowed into the United States, many others were sent home without explanation. The flight to Haiti was the only way to get them back, and it was the most convenient place for them to return. Fear of this fate led to about 8,000 persons being flown across the river towards Mexico border, where officials also want them to go.

This is where hundreds of demoralized, confused Haitians, who are struggling to figure out what they should do, can be found on the other side of the international border. Numerous migrants are hiding throughout the city from Mexican police. They have taken many of them to Tapachula on buses and picked up numerous others. 1,500 miles to the Guatemalan border.

Nicko was overwhelmed with doubt. Is it better to camp near the Rio Grande in a park that is open to both police and criminals, or to stay closer to the river? Or be moved to an abandoned nightclub hastily converted to a shelter, by Mexican immigration officials he doesn’t trust?

It’s the latest in a series of wrenching decisions. Nicko was just a teenager in the earthquake that decimated his island nation and killed 220,000 people. While he wanted to pursue civil engineering studies, his true passion was medicine. After he finished his studies, there was no job. He joined the mass exodus from Haiti that migrated to South America looking for work.

Even though it wasn’t easy, he enjoyed Chilean life. According to migrants, Haitians are often targeted by landlords or employers because of their skin color. He decided to flee after five years of suffering racism and failure to get residency. He was finally pushed by the global pandemic, and an entirely new U.S. government. Nicko stated that President Biden seemed kind and had made promises to help.

Nicko took along his faded University ID card to prove his achievement and as a reminder of the life he wanted. And he followed the signs — clothing wrapped on a tree, a rope strung across a swift waterway.



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