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US envoy to Haiti resigns, slams Haitian migrant deportations

By AFP
23 September 2021   |   3:30 pm
The US special envoy to Haiti resigned Thursday two months after his appointment, denouncing the Biden administration's deportation of Haitian migrants from the US-Mexico border back to their home country.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 26, 2016, Daniel Foote, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing concerning cartels and the US heroin epidemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. – Foote, the US State Department Special Envoy to Haiti, resigned on September 23, 2021, two months after his appointment, denouncing the Biden administration’s deportations of Haitian migrants back to their home country. “I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti,” Foote said in a scathing letter of resignation. (Photo by Drew Angerer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

The US special envoy to Haiti resigned Thursday two months after his appointment, denouncing the Biden administration’s deportation of Haitian migrants from the US-Mexico border back to their home country.

“I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti,” State Department Special envoy Daniel Foote said in a scathing letter of resignation.

In the letter to US Secretary of state Antony Blinken, Foote described Haiti as a place where US diplomats “are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life.”

“Mired in poverty, hostage to the terror,” Foote wrote, the Haitian population “simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy.”

“More refugees will fuel further desperation and crime,” he wrote.

The resignation came after the administration of President Joe Biden began last weekend loading Haitian migrants who crossed into the country from Mexico onto aircraft and flying them back to haiti.

Many of the thousands who crossed the border actually travelled from South America, where some said they fled to years ago from the grinding poverty of Haiti.