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Connecticut-based Haitian Newspaper Publisher Calls Sending Refugees Back To Haiti A 'Tragedy'

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United States Border Patrol agents on horseback tries to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021. The United States said Saturday it would ramp up deportation flights for thousands of migrants who flooded into the Texas border city of Del Rio, as authorities scramble to alleviate a burgeoning crisis for President Joe Biden's administration.

NPR has been reporting on the humanitarian crisis going on at the American border as over 12,000 Haitian refugees at one point gathered in Del Rio, Texas, with hopes of gaining entry into the U.S.

Many took this action after the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake and this year’s assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, which rocked that country.

By most estimates, Connecticut is among the top 10 nationwide in terms of the size of its Haitian population.

Angelucci Manigat is the publisher of the Connecticut Haitian Voice, a publication that serves Haitian nationals both in this state and in surrounding states.

He joined All Things Considered to talk about his reaction to the news that the U.S. government intends to fly all of those Haitian refugees at the Texas border back to Haiti.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.