[Ed. – My, that was quick. Politico/AP highlights only the scheduled repatriation flights to Haiti, seeming to indicate that that’s how all the migrants have been removed. But according to reporters on the ground on Friday morning, there were still 4,000 migrants in the border camp. The earlier flights to Haiti were said by reporters to be made by C-130 transport aircraft, which can carry 92 passengers with seats fitted. The number of total scheduled flights, 20, would move about 1,840 of the 4,000. It’s likely that most of the remaining migrants were moved inland for process-and-release.]
No migrants remained Friday at the Texas border encampment where almost 15,000 people — most of them Haitians — had converged just days earlier seeking asylum, the local mayor said.
Homeland Security has said that nearly 2,000 Haitians have been rapidly expelled on flights since Sunday under pandemic powers that deny people the chance to seek asylum. About 3,900 were being processed for a possible return to Haiti or placement in U.S. immigration court proceedings. Others have been released in the U.S. with notices to appear in court or to report to immigration authorities, and some returned to Mexico.
A U.S. official with direct knowledge of the situation said seven flights were scheduled to Haiti on Friday, six on Saturday and seven on Sunday. The official was not authorized to speak publicly.