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U.S. Begins Crackdown on Haitian Migrants

CHATTANOOGA ( – The U.S. began a crackdown on Haitian migrants on its southern border Sunday morning.

Over 320 migrants camping on the Texas border were flown back to Haiti on the first of a series of expulsion flights planned over the coming week. The mission is in response to the more than 12,000 Haitian migrants  camping under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

The U.S. plans to send six more flights Tuesday and then seven flights daily starting Wednesday. The flights will depart from San Antonio and will drop off the migrant at the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien.

If successful, this will be one of the largest crackdowns on migrants by the U.S. this century. The number of Haitian migrants heading towards the U.S. has been growing quickly since a major earthquake left the island nation in ruin in 2010. Further unrest for its citizens has mounted in recent months with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

Mexico is also expected to begin similar flights to address the migrants on their side of the border.

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