Conditions worsen in migrant camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Conditions deteriorated in migrant camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday where thousands of mostly Haitian migrants have gathered, as pressure mounted on U.S. President Joe Biden to curb expulsion flights.

Reuters images showed people with small babies and toddlers, one with an untreated hernia on his stomach, under makeshift shelters made out of reeds on the banks of the Rio Grande river in Del Rio, Texas.

Clothing was hung out to dry and trash was strewn on the ground, while parents washed their children using jugs of river water and tried to find patches of shade in the punishing heat. Migrants said food remained scarce and there were not enough portable toilets.

Mexico and the United States were on Wednesday preparing to fly more Haitian migrants away from the camps.

At its peak, there were as many as 14,000 people camped out under the international bridge in Del Rio, but U.S. authorities have moved thousands away for immigration processing and deported more than 500 Haitians since Sunday. The deportation flights to Haiti would continue, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.

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Source: Reuters