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US Special Envoy To Haiti Resigns Over Migrant Expulsions

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Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, to avoid deportation from the U.S. The U.S. is flying Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

U.S. officials say the Biden administration’s special envoy to Haiti resigned, protesting large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked by civil strife and natural disaster. Daniel Foote was appointed to the position only in July, following the assassination of Haiti’s president. Even before the migrant expulsions from the small Texas border town of Del Rio, the career diplomat was known to be deeply frustrated with what he considered a lack of urgency in Washington and a glacial pace on efforts to improve conditions in Haiti. A sharply worded resignation faults U.S. policy toward the Caribbean nation.

 

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