Haitian Migrant Inflow Grows Concerning
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The southern islands of the Bahamas have been inundated with the influx of Haitian migrants over the weekend.
Authorities captured nearly 400 Haitian migrants on Sunday on an uninhabited island in the Ragged Island chain, after fishermen noticed a partially submerged vessel in the area.
This comes after 500 more migrants were captured in Matthew Town, Inagua on Saturday.
Officials said the groups will be deported as soon as they are processed.
In a video, Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper is seen speaking to the lively group in Inagua as they sit under a tent.
He tells them through an interpreter, “…You’ve had enough food and enough water. We are asking you to be patient. It is important that you follow the instructions of the officers. We want you to know that you have landed in the Bahamas illegally. Therefore we will help you, we will process you to return to your home,” as the migrants clapped.
ZNS reporter Lloyd Allen said in a social media post that the government was seeking to provide temporary housing for the migrants.
This influx comes as the authorities in the United States cleared a border camp in Texas, USA that sprung up with well over 30,000 Haitian migrants under a bridge.
According to Reuters, 12,000 migrants will appear before US immigration judges for stay, 8,000 were returned to Mexico and 2,000 were sent back to Haiti. The others were detained as the state decides its next move.