Number of illegals in detention surges 20 percent as DHS vows to deport Haitians

by Stephen Dinan | The Washington Times  |  published on November 24, 2016

Homeland Security is holding some 41,000 illegal immigrants in detention right now, the department said Wednesday, as agents struggle to get control of a new surge across the border — including a wave of Haitian migrants that is testing the limits of immigration policy.

Usually the government only contracts for about 34,000 detention beds, so surpassing 40,000 is a staggering number and signals the difficulties immigration agents are facing at the border as Central American children and families, and now Haitians, try to gain a foothold.

Secretary Jeh Johnson said he’s asked for even more bed space, saying that holding onto illegal immigrants, rather than catching and releasing them, makes it more likely they can quickly be deported.

“We must enforce the immigration laws consistent with our priorities,” he said. “Those who attempt to enter our country illegally must know that, consistent with our laws and our values, we must and we will send you back.”

Mr. Johnson also said deportation flights back to Haiti have resumed in full. They had been largely put on hold since the 2010 earthquake that devastated that country. Flights resumed earlier this fall, only to be suspended again after Hurricane Matthew.

  • CharlieSeattle

    Haiti is currently uninhabitable. Deport them to Africa.

    • Deborah Hull

      Let the Clinton’s take them in, they took in millions to help them out and only helped themselves to the millions.

  • reggie

    Oh, we’re not racist, of course not. Let all the mexican cartels in, all the (f)uck fingers at us, all the flag burning, hoisting the mexican flag. Sharia law is ok. yet, people from a totally devastated Haiti, who won’t tell us to f ourselves are being sent back. The pattern I see here is if someone wants to come to work, the answer is no. If someone comes here to destroy us as much as possible, good let them in. Ah yes, the country destroyers by the hundreds of thousands. Hey zipper willy, where’d the money go that you and big ears bush collected?

  • Karll

    I thought Mexico had strong border security of its own.
    How do tens of thousands of Haitians stroll through
    their country and manage to cross our southern border?
    Seems to me like SOMEBODY is helping them.

  • Bruce Van Gemert Sr

    Now There is a problem, where have you been for the last 8 years Obama has room at his house.

  • Frankie Boy

    Send every damn one of them back !!! The trough is almost empty now ! We owe the world nothing. We can’t just let every Tom,Dick and Harry mosey on in like a pig in a pen. Go back to your own country and clean it up (Government) like our fore fathers did !!! We don’t need to allow court dates for these invaders, send them back and get in line !

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