Haitian migrants slated for deportation assault pilots, bite and attack ICE officers on flights

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According to reports, there have been at least three incidents in September regarding Haitian deportees attacking ICE officers or flight personnel during flights slated to arrive at Port-au-Prince.

These assaults during deportations come at a time where Del Rio, Texas has been flooded with thousands of Haitian migrants that have been residing under a concrete overpass.

One of the incidents occurred on September 20th, according to a report from the Washington Examiner, where two Haitian migrants allegedly bit ICE officers while aboard a flight in Del Rio, Texas that was gearing to takeoff to Haiti to repatriate inadmissible immigrants.

The flight that was set to depart Laughlin Air Force Base at 8:00 a.m. that morning had to return to the gate due to the disturbance caused by the Haitian deportees aboard. A senior federal law enforcement official spoke with the Washington Examiner about the incident, saying the following:

“[The Haitians] all realized they were going back to Haiti and lost it.”

A flight scheduled to take off three hours earlier that same day also had to be cancelled due to some of the Haitians aboard “being disruptive and not complying” as well as “fighting personnel on the plane” according to the source who spoke with the Washington Examiner.

NBC News reported that on September 21st, a similar incident occurred involving Haitians attacking ICE officers and flight personnel – this time transpiring after the plane had landed in Haiti.

After the plane landed in Port-au-Prince, the outlet reported that “unrest broke out” once on the tarmac and deportees were being handed over to Haitian authorities.

The passengers aboard the flight were reportedly all single adult males, and several men attacked pilots on the plan as well as three ICE officers. A DHS spokesperson released the following statement regarding the incident in Haiti:

“On Tuesday, Sept. 21, some adult migrants caused two separate disruptions on the tarmac after deplaning in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haitian crowd control officers responded to both incidents and resolved the situations. ICE fully respects the rights of all people to peacefully express their opinions, while continuing to perform its immigration enforcement mission consistent with our priorities, federal law and agency policy.”

Officials have been working to increase deportation efforts of Haitians since approximately 15,000 had overwhelmed the southern border and have been massing under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

Reports indicate that as of September 21st, slightly over 1,000 of these Haitian migrants have been deported to Haiti.

Several thousand others have been moved to other processing centers along the southern border to expedite the process as well.  

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Report: Haitian illegal immigrants overpower staff, take over Border Patrol transport bus in Texas

(Originally published September 22nd, 2021)

DEL RIO, TX- According to officials, on Monday, September 20th, a group of Haitian illegal immigrants took over a Border Patrol transport bus traveling to Brownsville, Texas.

Breitbart News reported that a commercial coach bus contracted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) transported a group of 29 illegal immigrants from the migrant camp in Del Rio.

In a phone interview, Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick told Breitbart Texas that as the bus approached a rest area north of the Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. Highway 77 in Kenedy County, a fight broke out among the individuals on the bus. 

As Border Patrol agents struggled to regain control of the bus, a few of the illegal immigrants escaped and fled across the highway. Sheriff Kirkpatrick dispatched his deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers to assist the agents in the neighboring county. He said in a statement:

“When we get a call of an officer or agent being assaulter, we send everyone from multiple agencies to assist.”

The sheriff stated that 24 of the 29 illegal immigrants were Haitians. As of this writing, it is unknown which were involved in the fight. The sheriff said Border Patrol sent two buses with security cages to take over the transport of the illegal immigrants. 

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd briefed Governor Greg Abbott on the incident, adding that the illegal immigrants were being transported from Del Rio to Brownsville. In his response, Governor Abbott said:

“So, what they did in doing that is they committed a crime.”

Abbott further urged local officials to arrest and prosecute the illegal immigrants. Judd told Abbott that the Haitians are becoming restless and that tension is increasing after spending nearly a week in the encampment under the Del Rio International Bridge.

He added that the news of the removal of Haitian illegal immigrants on Title 42 flights to Haiti is adding to the already high levels of agitation among the detained individuals. According to reports, Border Patrol is currently detaining approximately 9,100 illegal immigrants under the bridge. 

Officials from Border Patrol, CBP or the Department of Homeland Security did not attend the briefing conducted by the Texas governor. 

Days before this incident, Border Patrol officials reportedly moved more than 400 mostly Haitian illegal immigrants from Del Rio to El Pas for processing. An additional 350 are being moved to Eagle Pass, Texas for the same purpose.

Prior to these moves, the population at the makeshift camp located under the Del Rio International Bridge was sitting at more than 12,000. The situation at the camp and the continuous flow of illegal immigrants caused the Border Patrol to shut down highway checkpoint operations in the Del Rio and Laredo Border Patrol Sectors.

The growing population of the camp has law enforcement officials concerned about the potential for unrest due to rising tensions in the camp. Elected officials from the community have expressed similar concerns and called the situation untenable for the small community of Del Rio.

At the camp, it has been reported that thousands of illegal immigrants move freely between the camp under the bridge and Ciudad Acuna in Mexico to bring food, supplies, and cardboard to build shelters at the camp. 

Local Border Patrol processing facilities are experiences overcrowding and the Border Patrol transportation fleet has not proved adequate to sufficiently move the illegal immigrants. 

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Fighting back and protecting America: Texas to award border wall contract in the coming days

(Originally published September 13th, 2021)

AUSTIN, TX- According to officials, Texas may award a massive contract to begin building a barrier that will stretch along more than 700 miles of the state’s southern border with Mexico within days of this writing.

The Washington Examiner reported that in a statement, the Texas Facilities Commission, which oversees state contracts, anticipates awarding the border wall project with more than $1 billion in available funds by mid-September.

The commissioners must vote on the decision before the contract for a program manager can be awarded. The commission has reportedly selected engineering firm Michael Baker International of Pennsylvania and design firm Huitt-Zollars of Dallas to team up on the project. 

The final monetary amount has not yet been determined as the program manager will handle the budget and determine where exactly to build. Over the last several months, four total companies have expressed interest in the contract.

Michael Baker International of Pennsylvania and design firm Huitt-Zollars of Dallas have both helped with hundreds of miles of completed border wall projects under previous presidential administrations. 

This is, however, the first time a state has opted to install a barrier at an international border, as it is typically considered the federal government’s responsibility. 

Rep. Greg Bonnen (R), who represents a Houston suburb, introduced a bill that passed the state Legislature in August that will be used to fund Governor Greg Abbott’s proposals to deter illegal immigration at the southern border in Texas.

More than half of the $1.8 billion bill goes toward the border wall and fencing.

An analysis of the existing border wall projects revealed that just 150 miles of the 1,250 miles of land Texas shares with Mexico have a substantive barrier, leaving the state responsible for roughly 1,100 miles of fencing. 

According to reports, the state has identified 733 miles of border-front land where it can build. The Texas National Guard will carry out the project. All of the land belongs to residents who have agreed to let the state put up the barrier, which will allow Texas to avoid the lawsuits that held up the Trump administration’s efforts to seize private land for construction.

Builders are installing “no trespassing” signs in English and Spanish on the new fences. This notice will give state and law enforcement the ability to arrest illegal immigrants found trespassing. While the Border Patrol arrest illegal immigrants on federal charges, state and local forces cannot arrest someone on an immigration charge.

Those arrested will be held in county and state jails, for which lawmakers provided $273 million to cover the costs. The state is reportedly using the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Briscoe Unit prison as a jail. The infusing of cash will allow it to expand jail space to two more state jails.

At present, one engineer battalion is handling the construction of a temporary, 8-foot-tall barbed wire fence. The bill also includes $301 million for an additional 1,800 National Guard soldiers, including 11 more battalions to install fencing that will eventually be replaced by a more solid barrier.

The governor is also crowdfunding donations and as of September 7th, has raised a total of $54,263,593.00. On the website, Governor Abbott stated:

“While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as the crisis grows. Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.”

According to the website:

“Open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis at our southern border as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas. The State of Texas is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the border crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally.”

Adding:

“Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve.”

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