Report: Haitian gang that kidnapped U.S. missionaries sets ransom at $17M, threatens to kill them all


According to reports, the criminal gang that kidnapped 17 North American Christian missionaries in Haiti over the weekend of October 16th-17th, has since threatened to kill all of them if a $17 million ransom is not forthcoming.

On October 16th, members of the 400 Mawozo gang abducted 17 missionaries from the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

The religious aid workers were on their way home from building an orphanage when they were snatched off their transportation by an armed gang.

A bus carrying the 12 adults and five children, including an 8-month-old baby, was hijacked as it made its way home from building the orphanage outside Port-au-Prince.

The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang, a violent group with a history of killings, kidnappings, and extortion — threatened to kill his captives if his demands are not met, which include the payment of $1,000,000 for each of them. 

Thousands of workers who typically fill the chaotic streets of Port-au-Prince went on strike in protest just two days after the 17 members of the U.S. based missionary group were abducted by the violent gang. 

Following the release of a video message of the gang leader, Christian Aid Ministries issued a statement asking supporters for prayers and outreach to the victims’ families. The statement said:

“You may wonder why our workers chose to live in a difficult and dangerous context, despite the apparent risks. Before leaving for Haiti, our workers who are now being held hostage expressed a desire to faithfully serve God in Haiti.”

The statement added:

“Pray that their commitment to God could become even stronger during this difficult experience.”

Haitian Bishop Pierre-André Dumas of the Catholic diocese of Anse-à Veau and Miragoâne has appealed directly to the kidnappers, asking for mercy and reminding them they will have to answer to God for their actions. In his appeal on social media, Bishop Dumas wrote:

“I learned with great dismay and horror the sad news of the kidnapping. My heart as a shepherd of souls remains deeply shaken by this wicked and hateful act which continues to debase once again the already too tarnished image of our beautiful and dear wounded country of Haiti, and to mortgage our ancestors’ ideal of freedom, of fraternity, and of equality.”

The bishop pleaded with the kidnappers, asking them to:

“Show some humanity, to have mercy on these foreign aid workers who came to help build an orphanage for poor Haitian children and orphans, and to unconditionally release these innocent victims, who include women and small children.”

Dumas added:

“I appeal to the fundamental goodness that was placed into the heart of each of you by the Creator. [They] will certainly have to answer one day before God, before their conscience, and before the court of history for their unworthy and inhuman acts committed against their brothers and sisters in humanity.”

Haiti has been in political and social turmoil since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 17th, as rival factions vie with one another for power. The impoverished island nation was then struck by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in August, which killed more than 2,200 people. 

Criminal gangs have exploited the chaos to raise money from ransom payments from kidnappings and Haiti now has one of the highest rates of abductions in the world. At least 328 kidnapping victims were reported to Haitian police in the first eight months of 2021, compared with a total of 234 for all of 2020.

In April, the armed gang 400 Mawozo abducted 10 people in the country: two religious sisters, five priests, and three family members of one of the priests. 

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Report: Unclear number of Haitians being released into U.S. interior “on a very, very large scale”

September 26th, 2021

DEL RIO, TX – According to a report from ABC News, an undisclosed number of Haitians migrants that have been congregating at an underpass have been released into the U.S. interior, being given only a notice to appear for immigration hearings or at immigration offices.

The ABC News report also cited that this development was “undercutting the Biden administration’s” promises to the public that said migrants would face “immediate expulsion to Haiti.”

An unnamed official spoke with ABC News, under the veil of anonymity due to the person not being authorized to discuss the matter, that Haitian migrants that have been spread out through a de facto encampment in Del Rio have been released into the U.S. interior on a “very, very large scale.”

The figure shared was reportedly in the thousands.

Apparently, many of these migrants have been released with notices to appear at an immigration office within the next 60 days – and not at an immigration hearing.

This is a method of processing these migrants that reportedly takes considerably less time for Border Patrol agents.

The camp where the Haitian migrants flooded over the past weekend held roughly 15,000 at one point. A tally shared by Governor Greg Abbott on September 21st noted that the number of migrants under the overpass had dwindled down to roughly 8,600.

In concurrence with these Haitians reportedly being given notices to appear in either immigration court or immigration offices, DHS has also been busing and flying migrants to Border Patrol stations across Texas and Arizona to have their processing conducted elsewhere to alleviate agents in Del Rio.

While the determining criteria for which migrants get flown back to Haiti immediately versus those released into the U.S. interior hasn’t been revealed publicly by any officials, officials speaking under anonymity with ABC News said that single males are the priority for being expelled back to Haiti.

Yet, the practice of releasing these Haitians into the country with various notices to appear is in stark contrast with the statement made by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on September 20th:

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned, your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life.”

When Homeland Security was confronted with questions about the interior releases, in light of Secretary Mayorkas’ seemingly firm stance mentioned prior to the revelation, noted that in some cases migrants are issued notices to appear, but proclaimed this practice does not mean the border is open:

“The Biden Administration has reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion.”

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Report: More than 20,000 additional Haitians may soon migrate to through Mexico to U.S. border

(Originally published September 24th, 2021)

According to an NBC report from September 20th, more than 20,000 Haitians now living in South America may try to copy the Texas migration success for their fellow nationals. 

The report stated that U.S. officials are tracking large groups of Haitians in Latin America, including more than 20,000 in Colombia, who may soon try to reach the U.S. via the Texas border.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document, obtained by NBC News, also stated that in addition to the 20,000 Haitians gathered in northern Colombia, DHS is also monitoring groups of about 1,500 in Panama and 3,000 in Peru.

A senior DHS official said it remains to be seen when and whether those migrants will come to the U.S., but they have begun “staging” in the various countries, potentially signaling they are planning to travel in large numbers.

Several media reports say President Joe Biden’s deputies are allowing thousands of Haitian migrants at the Del Rio landing site to move into the United States, if they bring children with them.

Adults without children are reportedly being sent home to Haiti, even if they were living in South America before they reached the U.S border.

According to Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Biden’s quiet welcome for migrants and children will encourage more migrants with children. He said the Haitian’s “aren’t idiots … they’re rational actors.” He added:

“They’re people who have a good sense of what they want and what the odds are … [So] if anyone who brings a child with them is exempted from the [deportation] rules, then sending back the single adults only [to Haiti] … is saying [to Haitians] ‘always make damn sure you have a kid with you and then we’ll let you go into the U.S.’”

Reportedly, for years, Democrat appointees and judges have offered a quiet welcome for migrants with children while loudly announcing the deportation of single adult migrants. 

According to federal data, in 2021, President Joe Biden’s officials have admitted 305,000 migrants and children, but just 148,000 single adults. However, the official data ignores officials’ policy of turning a blind eye to the northward flow of migrants who sneak across the border.

The flow of so-called “got-aways” is at least 350,000, few of whom will ever be arrested and deported. On September 6th, the Wall Street Journal reported:

“The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, which provides medical care to migrants in the hamlet of Bajo Chiquito, on the northern edge of the Darién [in Panama], says it has documented 180 cases of rape since starting operations here in May.”

The report added:

“Panamanian lawmakers who have received similar reports say they are alarmed by what they say appears to be a pattern of sexual violence against women who are en route to the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The report stated:

“Doctors Without Borders medical personnel have reported the attacks to Panamanian authorities. The group believes the true number of victims is likely far higher since many migrants don’t report the attacks for fear of retribution or because they don’t want to slow their journey.”

Krikorian said in a statement:

“It’s the cruelty of progressive compassion. Some people have to be sacrificed for the broader goal … [of] maximizing the number of people who can get into the country.”

When DHS had previously monitored caravans of migrants headed to the U.S. border in large numbers, there had been a two to three-week lag between their departure and their arrival.

However, many of the recently arrived Haitians took buses through Mexico, expediting their arrival and increasing their numbers.

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

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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