But the Biden administration, facing the highest number of border crossings in decades, has enforced policies to delay the arrival of migrants. The Haitian deportations are consistent with that policy, officials said this weekend.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, said on Monday that while the United States has expanded protections for Haitians who arrived in the country before July 29, those arriving now are not covered.
“We are deeply concerned that Haitians following this illegal migration route are receiving false information that the border is open or that temporary protected status is available,” he said at a news conference in Del Rio, where thousands of Haitians have camped. . “I want to make sure it’s known that this is not the way to come to the United States.”
“Trying to enter the United States illegally is not worth the tragedy, the money, or the effort,” he added.
A spokeswoman for the department, Meira Bernstein, did not respond to a question about claims deportees were being told they were going to Florida.
Clarity on US policy is useless to Mr. Vyles and others who left their homes months ago, believing that Mr. Biden would reverse the anti-immigration stance of his predecessor, Donald J. Trump. mr. Vyles is still in shock that he is back in Haiti.
In Panama, he fell in love, had children and became a certified welder and carpenter, earning $60 a day—a good income by Haiti’s standards, where many live with no running water, no electricity, no job prospects and the constant fear of kidnapping and extortion by gangs. In Colón, Panama, in the Caribbean, his children went to school for free, and he never worried about the streets, even at night.