For many migrants getting to the land of opportunity is a dangerous journey,
but for Musmi Altido an asylum seeker from Haiti the situation in her home country was worse.
Two robbers attacked me, they beat me, they stabbed me.
She says she almost died unable to support her three children.
Altido left them with her mother and traveled to Belize to find work
and eventually ended up joining a care van to walk to the United States while pregnant.
I didnt see a life there, I only saw death, so instead of dying I took the road.
When Altido arrived in Mexico she was left behind,
she made it to the border only through the help of strangers and was allowed to enter the US.
They were not going to hold me because I was pregnant.
In the US Altido her now 18 month old baby
and approximately 60 other Haitian migrants live in temporary housing
provided by the Catholic charities Diocese of San Diego while they wait for their immigration court hearings,
but they are the exception says Guerline Jozef of Haitian bridge alliance a non-profit community organization.
In February we had over a thousand people who got deported
and sometimes it would be one deportation flight
and we also saw up to three deportation flights in one day,
and as I mentioned in those flights we saw when pregnant women, 26 weeks old weeks pregnant women,
we saw infants as young as one in two months old.
Jozef says this is not the time to deport Haitians
when their home country is currently experiencing political unrest after an alleged failed coup.
As a human rights issue
they should not have continued those deportation threats to Haiti in the middle of the crisis.
This man who calls himself Dodo knows what it means to oppose the government in Haiti.
If you dont support the government and youre fighting it they try to shoot you or kill you.
Now in San Fiego he left Haiti in 2016 to work in Chile
before making his way to the US border with his family.
They are now waiting for their day in immigration court
The migratory pattern of these Haitians is like they go to another place try to make a living there
and then they feel that they are also persecuted and they decide to come to the United States seeking asylum.
Jozef says black migrants including Haitians and those from African countries
are even more vulnerable to the criminal elements in their journey to the US
when compared to central American migrants.
They cannot blend in if youre black and you are traveling in your black bodies
theres nowhere for you to hide.
Jozef says there are currently some five thousand black asylum seekers mostly Haitians
waiting in the Mexican border town of Tijuana.
We are demanding the Biden administration to stop the deportation expulsion.
The Department of Homeland Security or DHS has not responded to VOAs request
for a comment about deportations of asylum seekers from Haiti,
but DHS secretary Alejandro Mallorcas is asking all asylum seekers to wait
as the Biden administration revises former president Donald Trumps immigration policy during a pandemic.
If they come if families come if single adults come to the border we are obligated to
in the service of public health including the health of the very people who are thinking of coming,
to impose the travel restrictions. Meaning deportations.
However there are reports of inconsistent treatment of migrants.
We are hearing across the border not only in San Diego in Mcallen Texas and other places
that people are getting processed and let in and someone some of the same Haitian group
who are coming through are deported.
Even for Altado and Dodo who are allowed to enter their future is far from certain
即使对Altado 和 Dodo来说，允许他们进入，他们的未来也远不能确定。
as their fate will be decided by an immigration court.
Elizabeth Lee VOA news
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