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Tag: Border Patrol

News Briefs — International

Mexican official says string of Haitian murders not hate crimes; Community leaders say racism a systemic issue

An immigration official for Mexico reportedly said the recent violent deaths of Haitian migrants were not hate crimes but random criminal acts happening throughout the country. The statements come on the heels of questions and concerns in the Haitian community, many of whom have been in Tijuana and other parts of Mexico hoping for asylum in the U.S. The official reportedly said in part that Haitian immigrants have been welcome to Mexico because they are “hardworking.” Haitian community leaders in Mexico have said racism is a systemic issue in the country. Haitians have taken jobs when possible as they wait for possible entry into the United States. More than half of the Haitian migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. were denied entry. Thousands were turned away last year. Statistics sh...
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Investigation launched over “challenge coins” depicting border patrol agent whipping Haitian migrants

U.S. border patrol officials have launched an investigation after “challenge coins” were discovered being sold on an online merchant depicting an infamous photo of a White border patrol agent whipping Haitian migrants last year. The coins, which were reportedly inscribed with “Yesterday’s Border Is Not Today’s Border” on one side and “Reining it in since May 28, 1924” on the other, were being sold for about $15. The agency issued a statement denouncing the controversial coins and said they will launch an investigation to determine if they originated from any U.S. Customs employees. The treatment of Haitians drew outrage and condemnation in September when video and photos surfaced of border patrol agents on horseback using force to pushback Haitian migrants, including children, at...