On Thursday, the US State Department denied allegations by the US special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foot, who resigned in protest of what he described as the expulsion of Haitian immigrants from the US-Mexico border.
“There have been several high-level political talks on Haiti as all proposals have been fully considered, including those led by Special Envoy Foote in a rigorous and transparent political process,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
“Some of these proposals have been identified as detrimental to our commitment to promoting democracy in Haiti, and have been rejected during the political process,” Price said in a statement.
And the State Department spokesman added, “I will not analyze the contents of his resignation letter, but I want to emphasize that we are having active political discussions in this administration on a number of issues.”
“The role of the president’s cabinet and advisors is to provide the president with the best possible advice,” Price said, adding, “No ideas are ignored, but not all ideas are good.”
Price criticized the move by the Special Envoy for Haiti, saying, “He failed to seize the opportunity sufficient to raise interest about immigration during his tenure, and chose to resign instead.”
“This is a difficult moment that requires leadership, and it is unfortunate that instead of engaging in a solutions-oriented policy process, Special Envoy Foot has resigned and mischaracterized the circumstances of his resignation.”
In his resignation letter, Foote said, “I will not be associated with the inhuman and useless decision to expel thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti.”
The resignation came after the administration of President Joe Biden began last weekend to load Haitian immigrants who crossed into the country from Mexico on planes and return them to Haiti.
Many of the thousands who crossed the border traveled from South America, where some said they had fled years of extreme poverty in Haiti.
Tens of thousands of Haitians fled to South America after the massive 2010 earthquake that wreaked havoc across the Caribbean nation.
Biden came under fire after photos and videos showed border guards using their horses to try to control migrants.
This led to calls from the Democratic Party, to which Biden belongs, to grant Haitians asylum rather than return them to Haiti.