Haitian migrants face brutal conditions at the border.
In more international-ish news: With each passing day in Del Rio, Texas, there is a new alarming story about the treatment of Haitian migrants attempting to enter the United States. Earlier this week, footage emerged of what appeared to be Border Patrol agents whipping migrants. These were mostly Haitian parents, who waded across the Rio Grande to enter Mexico’s Ciudad Acuña to “make critical purchases for their families” before returning to a makeshift camp set up under an international bridge, BuzzFeed reports. The camp is home to an estimated 13,000 migrants, many of whom traveled as families. Without access to food, water, and medicine on the Texas side of the border, they are forced to go back and forth to purchase supplies in Mexico—an increasingly risky endeavor. The Texas Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol are now trying to stop migrants from crossing back into the camp from Mexico, triggering a potential new wave of family separations. BuzzFeed shared the story of a 27-year-old father, who watched in desperation as his year-old daughter fought fever and diarrhea. The man asked Border Patrol agents for help, but they told him they had no medicine to give out. “As adults, this is something we can endure, but our children can’t,” the man said. In recent months, Haiti endured a deadly 7.2 earthquake and the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, leading to conditions that would otherwise qualify Haitians for protected status in the United States. However, each day, multiple deportation flights leave the United States for Port-au-Prince.