Haitian immigrants: Ariel Henry says he understands the deportation of the United States and says the election will be postponed

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In an exclusive interview with CNN at the prime minister’s residence in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, Henry– Take over Two weeks later President Jovenel Moise was assassinated July-Also stated that the elections originally scheduled for September will be postponed until next year, after reviewing the country’s constitution.
about 4,000 immigrants arrested According to Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, he was deported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Del Rio, Texas in recent weeks.
one Investigate Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced the news after a video of border patrol officers actively fighting against mainly Haitian immigrants while patrolling on horseback was exposed.A few tops Administrative officer And congressional Democrats expressed indignation at the photos taken by Al Jazeera and Reuters. Seems to show Law enforcement officers on horseback used aggressive tactics, with one of the policemen waving a long rein near the migrants crossing the border near Del Rio.

“We have seen some of the abuse these Haitians have suffered, and it has hit us hard,” Henry told CNN. “What we want to say is that as long as there are countries that are richer than other countries, they will always be attractive to those rich countries.”

Henry said, “We are not responsible for their expulsion.” Haiti “cannot interfere in the internal affairs of the United States”-but “all Haitians who return to their homeland have the right to be welcomed.”

Haiti elections postponed to 2022

Henry’s two-month tenure has been plagued by issues related to the assassination of Moise, and has continued to rise. Deadly gang violence In the capital, a August earthquake In the south of the country, an immigration crisis has now driven thousands of people to the U.S. border.
At the same time, Haiti’s elections were overdue-due to Coronavirus pandemic -Will be held.
The Prime Minister of Haiti stated that as long as inequality persists, migration will continue, and the Del Rio Bridge crisis is about to end
Moses has Plan to hold elections September, but that date went hurriedly under Henry’s leadership. On Monday, the Haitian government issued a decree dismissing the entire election committee, the organization responsible for conducting elections.

“The train derailed in Haiti for a while,” Henry said. “We hope to restore democracy through elections as soon as possible.”

Henry said that the members of the Election Committee were fired because they “cannot organize an election” and the process of replacing them is ongoing.

He added: “We decided today to stop this election committee and form another committee, which will be more voluntary and will be accepted by the whole society.”

Henry said that the election will be held after the review of the national constitution: “We will review the constitution in the first few months of the coming year, and the election will be held immediately thereafter.”

Moyes Murder Investigation

Henry faces extra The pressure of official investigations Moise was killed when he attacked his private home on July 7 and was accused of obstructing the investigation.

Ongoing investigations have found dozens of suspects, including citizens of the United States and Colombia, but government officials continue to pursue the mastermind and motives.

The former chief prosecutor of Port-au-Prince, Bedford Crowder, asked Henry to testify in court on the grounds that there was evidence that a major suspect in the assassination had spoken to him by telephone within a few hours after the murder.Then Henry Fire Claude And Attorney General Rockefeller Vincent, raised the issue of whether the executive branch interferes in justice.

In an interview with CNN, Henry denied obstructing the investigation, saying that the couple were fired “for breaking the law.”

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He said: “President Jovenel Moise’s justice is important to us, and it’s very important to us. We will provide all means to achieve justice in order to achieve justice.” “We don’t want to interfere in this trial…I Don’t even ask about the progress of this case. What I want to say is that the president must deliver justice, and this justice must be accompanied by an independent judge.”

Crowder was fired when he was assassinated with a main suspect, a former Haitian Ministry of Justice official, seeking charges from Henry by phone within hours Joseph Felix Badio.

Henry said he “don’t remember” the call “or whether it happened”.

“This means that for me, it’s not an important call, if I don’t remember,” he said. “I have no interest in connecting with these people. I have never and never will.”

Henry also said that he would follow up with the Ministry of Justice Enter the accusation Dozens of American and Colombian citizens involved in the assassination are still being detained in Haiti without any charges being brought against them, and access to lawyers is limited – this violates Haitian law. This situation makes human rights organizations worry that detainees lack due process.

“I will ask the Department of Justice to follow up. If someone is innocent, they should be released. We don’t want to put them in jail just because they are Colombians or because they were singled out as assassins who are not assassins,” Henry said .

Safety fear

The prime minister admitted that he was worried about his safety, saying that Moise had died in bed “because he was the president of Haiti.”

“I think one of the reasons we need to know what happened that night is because I feel that I am also in danger,” he said, adding that Moyes “has the right to get exemplary justice, and I will make sure that this justice is exemplary. And honest.”

Henry admitted that he still needs foreign help to combat gang violence in the country and is determined to eradicate criminal activities.

“We have asked friendly countries to provide specific support to support the police, combat these bandits and withdraw from public life so that the economy can recover so that our children can conduct business normally,” he said.

“Every person related to the gang, whether it is a politician, businessman or other citizen, is a bandit himself and must have the same fate as the bandit.”

CNN’s Melissa Bell, Pierre Bairin and Mark Esplin report from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Helen Reagan wrote a letter in Hong Kong. CNN’s Caitlin Hu, Etant Dupain, Sharif Paget and Jennifer Deaton contributed.

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