Haitian immigrants deported back to the Caribbean nation have bit Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and assaulted pilots on deportation flights back to Port-au-Prince, according to new reports.
In one incident on Monday at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, two Haitian migrants left their seats as the plane taxied to the runway and attacked ICE agents by biting them, forcing takeoff to be delayed, according to the Washington Examiner. The plane had to turn back due to the disturbance, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the two Haitians were arrested. Another flight had to be canceled Monday when migrants became “disruptive” and started “fighting personnel” on the plane, the officials said.
In a separate incident, several Haitians assaulted the pilots and injured three ICE officials after a flight carrying only male migrants landed in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, NBC reports. The unrest broke out when US officials released the men to Haitian authorities on the tarmac. The group of migrants stormed another arriving flight carrying families and assaulted the pilots, sources told the outlet.
The Department of Homeland Security says 1,401 migrants have been deported to Haiti in recent days. More than 4,600 migrants who had been gathering under the Del Rio bridge have been removed from the makeshift encampment, according to DHS — but they failed to specify how many had been released into the US. The department said fewer than 5,000 migrants remained at the Del Rio site.