Blinken warns Haitian migrants against making 'dangerous' trip to US

Blinken warns Haitian migrants against making 'dangerous' trip to US
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Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenIsraeli official says plans to reopen US mission for Palestinians maybe shelved Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Nearly 200 Americans want to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells Congress MORE warned Haitian migrants against making the “dangerous” trip to the United States.

In a news conference on Friday in Mexico City, Blinken said the U.S. is trying to be “very clear” that migrants seeking to enter the country are putting themselves at “tremendous risk along the entire route.” 

“Unfortunately, one of the things that’s happened is various groups are spreading false information about what possibilities exist for those coming to the United States irregularly and trying to misinform people that they will be able to enter the United States,” Blinken said.

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“The journey is profoundly dangerous, and it will not succeed, and we are working to make sure that people understand that,” he continued.

Haiti has been devastated this year by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

The Biden administration has faced criticism for its treatment of Haitian migrants since thousands crowded under a bridge connecting Mexico with Del Rio, Texas. Images of border agents on horseback grabbing at migrants stoked further outrage.

Deportation flights were quickly ramped up amid the surge, and the bridge was completely cleared as of late September.

Blinken said Friday that the U.S. is in “very close daily contact” with Mexico about migration from Haiti.

“We’re also working closely together and working ourselves to make sure that people are treated with dignity, with decency and that their rights are fully protected,” he said.

Blinken is in Mexico on Friday and Saturday to reinforce the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. Blinken led the U.S. delegation, which included Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasTop officials turn over Twitter accounts to 'share the mic' with Black cybersecurity experts Federal officers detail abuse described by asylum seekers Senate Republicans raise concerns about TSA cyber directives for rail, aviation MORE and Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark All eyes on Garland after Bannon contempt vote Trustmark Bank to pay million 'redlining' fine MORE.