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U.S. reopens land borders with Mexico to vaccinated travelers after 19 months

After 19 months of closure, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday reopened its ports of entry to vaccinated travelers from Mexico, a long-awaited event for business owners who depend on tourists and Mexican nationals who had not been able to visit family on the American side for more than a year and a […]

U.S. to reopen land borders with Mexico to vaccinated travelers starting in November

The Biden administration will reopen the country’s land borders with Mexico and Canada in November to travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19, lifting the pandemic restrictions on nonessential travel after more than 19 months. The travel restrictions began in March 2020 and cut off people who wanted to shop or visit family in the U.S. — […]

A Haitian migrant’s harrowing journey to the Texas-Mexico border

After leaving his native Haiti for Chile in 2018, Nicol struggled for years to find full-time work. Some days he worked as a construction worker, other days he would mow lawns or clean houses. During his time there, he met his future wife, who had also come to Chile from Haiti looking for work. After […]

Texas troopers create “steel wall” of patrol vehicles in Del Rio as feds continue to repatriate Haitians

As immigration agents continue to fly more of the thousands of migrants camped in this border city to other processing centers or back to their home countries, state troopers have created a miles-long “steel wall” of patrol vehicles to discourage more people from crossing the Rio Grande into an encampment under the Del Rio international […]

Border patrol agents criticized for treatment of Haitian migrants in Del Rio as U.S. tries to dissuade more from coming

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday sent a message to migrants, particularly Haitians, attempting to enter the country through the southwest border: “People coming to the United States illegally will be returned, your journey will not succeed.” Mayorkas’ comments in Del Rio come as lawmakers and immigrants rights advocates denounced the […]

Thousands of Haitian migrants fleeing disaster and unrest seek asylum at Del Rio bridge

DEL RIO — Five days after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated by a group of foreign mercenaries on July 7, 29-year-old Stelin Jean decided to flee the country with his wife and two children — traveling to Bolivia, where many Haitians have arrived recently before starting an arduous overland trek to the United States. […]

Gov. Greg Abbott backpedals on pledge to shut down border crossings and blames Biden administration for confusion

Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he directed state troopers and the Texas National Guard “to shut down six points of entry along the southern border” at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — then reversed himself shortly after, blaming the Biden administration for flip-flopping in its request for state help. But […]