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US special envoy to Haiti resigns over migrant expulsions
Daniel Foote was appointed to the position only in July, following the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise. 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.
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"I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life," he wrote. "Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own."

The State Department criticized Foote for resigning at a critical juncture and pushed back against suggestions that his policy prescriptions were overlooked.
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The expulsion flights to Haiti began Sunday and there were 10 by the end of Tuesday, according to Haitian officials. U.S. officials say they are ramping up to seven flights a day, which would make it one of the swiftest, large-scale expulsions from the U.S. in decades.

At least one top official in Haiti cheered Foote's resignation while accusing the Biden administration of violating ["]the rights["] of Haitian migrants. ... [Haiti election minister Mathias Pierre also criticized Haiti's elite, saying they have turned a blind eye because migration fuels the economy. He noted that 35% of Haiti's gross domestic product is remittances, with the diaspora, much of it in the U.S., sending roughly $3.8 billion a year.

by Cat on Fri Sep 24th, 2021 at 12:06:29 AM EST
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