Links 20 September 2021

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  1. Estimates of the number of largely Haitian migrants now camping out under the Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas were all more than 12,000 by midday Saturday, Sept. 18, with the sheriff of Val Verde county estimating the number at 13,700 people. Busloads of more are reported still coming from other parts of Mexico. While the U.S. Border Patrol has set up portable toilets and is reported to be providing drinking water to the families piling up, the conditions in this giant camp are horrendous, with Associated Press reporting mounds of trash 10 feet wide, two babies born there, and cases of COVID. In a move more concerned with “how things look” than addressing the Malthusian genocidal economic policies which are driving this humanitarian crisis, the Federal Aviation Authority on Sept. 17 banned overflights of the bridge except for law enforcement requirements, to block videos of the inhuman conditions from being broadcast.

    The reports from Haitian and other migrant support organizations cited in various U.S. media describe what the conditions under which tens of millions of migrants live across the planet. Many of the Haitians now pouring into the U.S. did not leave their home nation recently, but over the years since the January 2010 earthquake which left Haiti in rubble that was never replaced. Many first went to Brazil or Chile, but were forced to become nomads, once again, as jobs disappeared in those countries. For several years, Central American nations and Mexico have been trying to handle thousands of Haitians crossing the Darien Gap, and making their way towards the U.S. on land. Nor are Haitians the only ones now under the Del Rio bridge; Cubans, Venezuelans, and Ecuadorians are showing up.

    The Biden Administration plans to begin shipping the Haitians back to Haiti by multiple air flights a day, starting on Sept. 19, administration sources told the Miami Herald and AP, under the pretext of the “Title 42,” which the Democrats had excoriated Trump for enacting against immigrants on alleged COVID grounds.