Haiti: PM Henry speaks on deportation of migrants from Texas border in UNGA

Haiti: PM Henry speaks on deportation of migrants from Texas border in UNGA
Haiti: PM Henry speaks on deportation of migrants from Texas border in UNGA

Prime Minister of Haiti Ariel Henry stated migration would be in place till the time there is inequality in the society. This statement came after the US government deported thousands of Haitian migrants from Texas borders.

During a debate in 76th United National General Assembly on Saturday, PM Henry said, “human beings, fathers and mothers who have children, are always going to flee poverty and conflict. Migration will continue as long as the planet has both wealthy areas, whilst most of the world’s population lives in poverty, even extreme poverty, without any prospects of a better life.”

While talking about the situations of the Haitian migrants, PM Henry said that during the last few days, the photographs of the treatment given to several of his citizens at the border between Mexico and the United States was shocking for many humans. They do not want to challenge the right of a sovereign state to check the entry borders into their territory or to send back to the country of origin those who enter a country by illegal means. PM also reminded some wealthy and powerful nations that their prosperity mostly comes from the migrants who have been settled in various parts of their country.

After being held virtually last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s General Assembly Debate features “hybrid” activities that include leaders in person along with virtual participants, the UN said.

The Haitian Prime Minister also praised international assistance as a response to the earthquake that affected the French-speaking Caribbean country during August. This also includes the recent visit to the country by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

PM Henry also highlighted that a series of deadly devastating disasters, that include the 2010 earthquake along with Hurricane Matthew in 2016, as well as a more recent disaster faced by the country earlier this month.