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By KELIN DILLON

In a press conference on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 21, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard denounced the fact that Haitian migrants, who passed through Mexico on their way to the United States in hopes of gaining asylum, were deceived by the leaders of their former countries of residence, including Chile and Brazil, to encourage their migratory flow.

“There is a very notorious recent flow of people of Haitian origin that are coming from Brazil and Chile, not from Haiti, and they have refugee status in those countries,” said Ebrard.

“They are not asking for refugee status in Mexico, aside from a small percentage. What they are asking for is free passage toward the United States.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended Temporary Protected Status to Haitians already residing in U.S. territory on Aug. 3, Ebrard explained.

“It was the decision of the United States, which has to do with people of Haitian origin who live in the United States, who are undergoing immigration procedures. What the U.S. authorities did was to extend the time to complete their processing,” said Ebrard.

“But the leaders of these refugee conglomerates in Brazil and Chile told them: ‘You must go to the United States quickly so that they also give you the benefit of this provision.” But that applies for people who are already in the United States, not new arrivals.”

Just last week, it was revealed that Mexico had received more than 20,000 immigrants from various countries during the covid-19 pandemic who had been rejected from entry to the United States under that country’s Title 42 policy.

“Imagine, leaving Haiti, going to Brazil, going to Chile, having refugee status, looking for work,” Ebrard said. 

“These refugees have children born in Chile or in Brazil, and now their leaders tell them: ‘Go to the States United quickly, because it will give you residency or possibly U.S. citizenship,’ That is a monumental deception, and it is not true.”

Ebrard then added that he would discuss the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during his upcoming trip to New York.

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