U.S. Envoy to Haiti Quits Over ‘Inhumane’ Deportations

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Daniel Foote, the U.S. special envoy for Haiti, has handed his resignation to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, saying he “will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti” from the U.S. border, reports NPR. Foote, who has been the special envoy since July 22, wrote that his recommendations “have been ignored and dismissed.”

A career diplomat, Foote said that the U.S. policy approach to the country is deeply flawed and that Haitians shouldn’t be sent back to “a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life.” The State Department responded in a statement, saying it was “unfortunate” that Foote had “mischaracterized the circumstances of his resignation.” The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have slammed the U.S. response to the migrant surge, particularly after agents on horseback were seen this past weekend chasing and grabbing people who were carrying food back to their families.

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