An immigration expert in Del Rio, Texas, says all of the Haitian illegal immigrants he has interviewed among the 15,000 huddled at the U.S.-Mexico border in squalid conditions have lived “pretty good” lives in Chile or Brazil for the past several years.
“I’ve never met one yet who is actually coming directly from Haiti. But they will probably apply for asylum on the basis of [problems] in Haiti,” said Todd Bensman, senior national security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and author of “America’s Covert Border War.”
The reporting by Bensman, who has interviewed migrants for more than a year in his traveling through Guatemala and Mexico, was featured by New York Post columnist Miranda Devine.
Bensman said the Haitians in Del Rio were “living a pretty good life [in South America] but they are seeing an opportunity to improve their situation.”
The Haitians, according to Bensman, “say they heard Joe Biden was opening the border up so they came.”
Devine said the Department of Homeland Security has been placed “in an impossible situation,” noting two senior officials resigned in the past week amid the influx of Afghan refugees and CNN is reporting infighting at the overwhelmed agency.
One migrant told Bensman that Chile was “1,000 times better than Haiti.”