Officials estimated that more than 14,000 migrants have converged on Del Rio, Texas — a figure that’s nearly half the population of the small border city. Photo credit: Verónica G. Cárdenas for The New York Times

On Sept. 2, eight Haitian migrants were intercepted off the coast of West Palm Beach. Ten days later, 104 Haitian migrants were caught 12 miles off Miami on Sept. 12. Later on Sept. 16, thousands of Haitian migrants crossed the Mexico-U.S. border from various Latin American countries and are under a bridge in south Texas, The Washington Post reported.

Haitian-Americans watching these unfold are worried about the increased frequency of their compatriots attempting to seek refuge in the U.S. recently. It’s a testament to how horrid the living conditions are in Haiti, they said.

“It’s like there’s no hope back home, that’s the frustrating part,” said filmmaker Jean-René Rinvil. “You have kidnapping, assassination, there’s no opportunity in the country. What do you want the people to do? None of us can blame them for looking for a better life for their family.”

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.

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Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and ESNY before joining The Haitian Times. Onz is also a Report for America corps member.