How we got to Haitian migrant crisis and how to get out

For years, we’ve had only a messy hodgepodge of policies under different administrations that vary in severity, effectiveness, and compassion. We can all agree that even if Biden didn’t cause the problem, it’s his to solve.



September 22, 2021 - 9:52 AM

Haitian migrants staying in an encampment on the U.S. side of the border, cross the Rio Grande river to get food and water in Mexico on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. (Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

From the drone’s-eye view many of us have on cable news, the thousands of Haitians — families, pregnant women, children, babies — milling around under a Del Rio bridge are an urgent problem to be solved.

Those of us who have read individual interviews with some of the families know that many have traveled years across continents on epic journeys to escape natural disasters, political unrest and poverty. They’re looking for better lives, for education, for decent wages they can feed their families on.

And we, from the comfort of our cozy recliners, just want a solution.

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