White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden is “committed to putting in place a humane, orderly immigration system” as the administrations faces criticism over the handling of migrants at the southern border.
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This comes amid a quick effort to empty the camp under a bridge in the Texas border town of Del Rio, that according to some estimates, held more than 14,000 people over the weekend in a town of 35,000 people.
Mexico has also begun busing and flying Haitian migrants away from the U.S. border, authorities said Tuesday, signaling a new level of support for the United States as the camp presented President Joe Biden with a humanitarian and increasingly political challenge.
The White House is facing sharp bipartisan condemnation.
Republicans say Biden administration policies led Haitians to believe they would get asylum.
Democrats are expressing outrage after images went viral this week of Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics against the migrants.
Mexico has helped at key moments before. It intensified patrols to stop unaccompanied Central American children from reaching the Texas border in 2014, allowed tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration courts in 2019 and, just last month, began deporting Central American migrants to Guatemala after the Biden administration flew them to southern Mexico.