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WASHINGTON – The Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, and the principal adviser to President Joe Biden for Latin America, Juan González, They will visit Haiti this weekí, an official source announced on Tuesday.
As explained in a conference call with journalists, the deputy spokesperson for the Department of State, Jalina Porter, the officials will be in that country between Thursday and Friday.
The visit will take place a week after the US special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigned in protest of Washington’s “inhumane treatment” of Haitian migrants on the border with Mexico.
Porter explained that the representatives of the Biden Administration They will meet with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, and his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Claude joseph, as well as with delegates from civil society and political actors.
Among the issues they will address are the elections in the Caribbean nation after ehe assassination last July of the Haitian president, Jovenel Moise.
In addition, they will talk about the response to Haitian migration, security issues, and about supporting the recovery of that country after the covid-19 pandemic and the earthquake of August 14, which claimed more than 2,200 lives.
The Biden government has faced various criticisms for handling the crisis that was unleashed weeks ago by the massive arrival of thousands of immigrants, mostly Haitians, to the border between USA and Mexico, who stayed overnight in a makeshift camp built under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
The place was evicted last Friday, confirmed the Secretary of National Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, who indicated that some 2,000 people were expelled to Haiti and another 8,000 returned to Mexico.
Some 12,400 immigrants were allowed to submit their case to an immigration judge to determine their stay in the country, and another 5,000 are still being processed by authorities.
Last Saturday, in a prerecorded message broadcast at the UN General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Haiti recalled that the United States was built thanks to waves of migrants and refugees, and pointed out that the images of how many of his compatriots have been treated on the border with Mexico “They have shocked a lot of people.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.