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Far from Hurricane Matthew, a Haitian crisis flares in Tijuana

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 01:36

The havoc wreaked by Hurricane Matthew has strengthened the resolve of thousands of Haitians stuck on the U.S.-Mexico border to make it to the U.S. even though new rules mean they will likely be deported to their shattered homeland. Gavino Garay reports.

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Stuck in Tijuana, Mexico along the U.S. border, they have nowhere to go. Thousands of Haitians looking for asylum in the U.S. Most of them here -- after traveling months through jungles and mountains. A surge this year in asylum seekers is partly from concerns that a Donald Trump presidency will close the border. But the situation was aggravated after Hurricane Matthew hit, killing some 1,000 Haitians. Now, the havoc of the storm only strengthens their resolve to make it to the U.S. Rev. Patrick Murphy heads Tijuana's largest migrant shelter. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MIGRATION HOUSE GENERAL DIRECTOR, PATRICK MURPHY, SAYING: " At first they were coming from all over the world, small groups and large groups including displaced Mexicans, but recently we are talking that more than 90 percent who are arriving here are Haitians, and ten percent Africans, and there is no end. ." The U.S. ended this year special protections for Haitian asylum seekers that dated to Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. That means these Haitians are much more likely to be deported home if they cross the border. Activists are pressuring the administration of President Barack Obama to reverse the new rules, but thousands of Haitians continue to amass along the Tijuana border with no place to call home.

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Far from Hurricane Matthew, a Haitian crisis flares in Tijuana

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 01:36