Resumed mass deportations of non-criminal Haitian detainees leave migrants on the U.S.-Mexico with no where to turn; they face deportation in the States, possible persecution in Haiti and limited economic opportunities in the border towns they currently reside. This state of limbo leaves them vulnerable to scammers and human traffickers, who seem to provide a false sense of hope and security. Costly scams leave many migrants even more desperate, often resulting in prostitution, smuggling and other risky behaviors to survive.
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30,000 Haitian migrants on the Mexican border targeted by scammers
March 1, 2017
Ariadna Estevez, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), who visited of refugees in Tijuana, Baja California, says that the majority of people trying to enter the United States today are of Haitian origin.
Estevez recalled that the Haitians began arriving in Tijuana in May 2016 and less than a year later, estimated that they are about 30,000, stranded at the border. Many had fled to Brazil after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but due to the economic crisis in Brazil, they are now trying to reach the United States.
Estevez warns the Haitians on a flyer in circulation that has attracted her attention. This flyer with the logo of a company called “Clearport” shows photos of people wearing Canadian flags, with the title “If you speak French, we have an option for you […]” and explains “[…] If you want to find a job in Canada, give us a call or send your CV […] Travel costs are paid by the company.”
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