US Begins Flying Haitian Migrants Home From Texas

Haitians who were deported from the United States deplane at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, in Port au Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Sep. 19, 2021. Thousands of Haitian migrants have been arriving to Del Rio, Texas, to ask for asylum in the U.S., as authorities begin to deported them to back to Haiti which is in a worse shape than when they left. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

(AP) — The United States began flying some of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have crossed from Mexico into a Texas border camp back to their poverty-stricken homeland.

A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that three flights departed San Antonio for Port-au-Prince on Sunday morning and would arrive in the afternoon. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Many of the migrants have lived in Latin America for years. But they are now are seeking asylum in the U.S. as economic opportunities in Brazil and elsewhere dry up. Thousands are living under and near a bridge in the Texas border city of Del Rio.

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