At least 20,000 Haitian Refugees in Colombia for Possible US Exodus

United States officials watch significant groups of Haitians throughout Latin America, including more than 20,000 in Colombia who may try to enter the country soon.

According to an internal document obtained by NBC News, these people presently massed on the Texas border may try to enter the US soon.

The document said that the DHS Office of Professional Responsibility, the agency’s internal watchdog, is also looking into an incident in which a Border Patrol agent on horseback grabbed a Haitian migrant by the shirt near Del Rio, Texas. A news photographer caught the event on camera attracted widespread condemnation on Monday, causing White House press secretary Jen Psaki to call it “horrific.”

The DHS is also monitoring groups of roughly 1,500 in Panama and 3,000 in Peru and the 20,000 Haitians assembled in northern Colombia.

According to a senior DHS official, it is unclear when and whether those migrants will go to the United States. Still, they have begun “staging” in other nations, possibly indicating that they want to travel in significant numbers. 

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