The crisis continues to grow at the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of migrants are congregating with the hopes of entering the United States. Most of the refugees come from Haiti and have traveled across dozens of countries, mostly on foot, looking to find asylum in the U.S.
The latest influx of migrants, who are flooding the border, are traveling for a growing number of reasons, including the ongoing pandemic, Haiti’s economic crisis, another recent earthquake, and great political instability. These challenges have forced countless people to travel to the U.S. in search of better living situations — or even a chance at living.
The United States has held a special status in place for Haitian refugees that dates back to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010. In the years following the natural disaster, Haitians were granted temporary protected status. President Trump allowed that status to expire during his term. Then, current President Biden returned the status after another destructive earthquake hit the region and Haitian President Jovenal Moise was assassinated — both events occurring this past summer. However, that status protection is only offered to those already in the United States, which leaves out those who haven’t made it in. Ultimately, that leaves a countless number of Haitians trying to get into the country.
One of the most affected areas along the Texas border is the town of Del Rio, where an estimated 15,000 people are awaiting entry. Pictures have flooded social media of many camped out under bridges, while others show the violence used to keep immigrants out of the country. The violent images have been triggering for many. So much so that many individuals and media outlets, including Remezcla, have chosen not to show them.
The Mayor of Del Rio, Texas, Mayor Bruno Lozano, called the situation “dire” on his social media. He took it a step further by calling out Vice President Kamala Harris on Twitter. “The VP is able to visit the fun events across the country, while American communities continue to grapple with failed immigration reform. Where is the visit to Del Rio, TX,” he wrote.
The situation continues to become more critical as more migrants arrive daily, with many in need of food, water, and other medical supplies. This devastating reality is why it’s crucial to support the local and grassroots organizations working hard for these migrants. Below, we’ve rounded up some of these contacts and resources.
Haitian Bridge Alliance
This community organization is taking donations for baby diapers, baby formula, clothes, food, shelter, and more.
Houston Haitians United
HHU supports Haitians year-round by means of creating and providing resources for the well-being and advancement of Haitians.
Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition
Located in Del Rio, Texas, the VVBHC is a culmination of local citizens and agencies who helped develop an efficient way to transition refugees to their destinations upon release of federal custody.
Black Freedom Factory
This grassroots organization out of San Antonio, Texas, has been vocal on social media on ways to help. There you can find out where to donate, what is needed, and even some commonly asked questions with regard to the Haitian migrant crisis.