President Biden’s Special Envoy for Haiti, Ambassador Daniel Foote, resigned Thursday, Sept. 23 amid a rise in Haitian migrants crossing the southern border, blasting the Biden administration’s decision as “inhumane” and “counterproductive.”

In his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, first reported by PBS, Foote said he was retiring immediately “with deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking crucial changes.”

“I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti. A country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life,” ​he wrote, according to Fox News.

Foote was assigned to the position in July, the same month Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated. Now roughly 14,000 Haitian migrants have flooded the border near Del Rio, overwhelming Border Patrol officers.

Foote said his recommendations have been “ignored and dismissed.”

“Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different than my own.”

People in Haiti remain “mired in poverty, hostage​ to the terror, kidnappings, robberies and massacres of armed gangs and suffering under a corrupt government with gang alliances.” Foote also emphasized the suffering of the Haitian people, saying that the country “simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy.”

However, senior State Department officials informed Fox News that Foote resigned for other reasons and thanked him for “his service in this role.” In his two months on the job, Foote had been pushing for inappropriate additional responsibility and oversight.

The spokesperson said, “to address the immediate challenges that returnees face, the United States is working with the International Organization on Migration to ensure that returning Haitian migrants are met at the airport and provided with immediate assistance.”

Migrants are being removed from aircraft under Title 42 public health protections, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As part of its response to the situation, the DHS has increased deportation flights to Haiti.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that since Sunday, 12 deportation flights had returned 1,401 Haitians. New York Post reported that another 3,206 people had been transferred from the Del Rio camp to Customs and Border Protection custody or to other parts of the border.

On Monday, Mayorkas issued a strong warning to Haitian migrants who believe they will enter the United States.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed and you will be endangering your life and your family’s lives,” Mayorkas said. “This administration is committed to developing safe, orderly and humane pathways for migration. This is not the way to do it.”

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