Haitian deportees assaulted U.S. pilots, injured three ICE officers
WASHINGTON - Haitians deported from the US on Tuesday attacked pilots aboard one of the flights as it arrived in Port-au-Prince, injuring three US immigration officers, a source said with internal reports on the Incident is familiar.
Riots broke out shortly after a flight of single adult men arrived and released the men on the airport tarmac to Haitian authorities. Then, according to the source, several of the men stormed another recent flight with families.
The men attacked the pilots of that plane who work for a government contractor licensed to conduct deportation flights for immigration and customs while the families were still on board. Three ICE officers were also attacked on that plane, each of whom sustained non-life-threatening injuries, the source said.
The attacks come as the United States steps up its deportations of Haitians after more than 15,000 rolled over the US border in a matter of days, gathering under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. According to two sources familiar with the operations, just over 1,000 of the Haitian migrants had been deported to Haiti by Tuesday.
A total of 4,000 were either deported or transferred to other processing centers along the border, the Homeland Security Department said.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the Del Rio crowd will disperse in the coming days.
"Expect dramatic results in the next 48 to 96 hours," he said.
But after the attacks on Tuesday, some in the DHS fear that they do not have enough security at the airports to land deportation flights safely, according to the source familiar with the incident.
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