End of special immigration protections diminishes hopes of Haitians looking to cross into U.S. from Mexico
- Thousands of Haitians have become trapped in Mexico as an ongoing migration crisis has been exacerbated by the recent destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew in their home country.
- The U.S. recently ended special protections for Haitian migrants in the country in place since the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000, though activists have begun pressuring the government to renew them in light of the most recent natural disaster.
- Monitors estimate as many as 40,000—many coming from an economically distraught Brazil—may be en route throughout the Americas as they pay upwards of thousands of dollars to pass through the most legally treacherous parts.
“Far from Hurricane Matthew, a Haitian crisis flares in Tijuana” (Reuters)
“Haitians, After Perilous Journey, Find Door to U.S. Abruptly Shut” (The New York Times)
“Haitians throng at U.S.-Mexico border despite deportation policy” (AP via CBS News)
(Image Credit: Adam Ferguson/The New York Times)