Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande river into Ciudad Acuna from Del Rio, TX, on Sept. 20, 2021. Omar Ornelas/El Paso Times

New York, Sep. 24, 2021 — Terms like refugee, asylee and migrant are often used interchangeably. In light of the crisis on the border in Del Rio, Texas, The Haitian Times has compiled a list of terms to help clarify these frequently misused terms.

  1. Asylum seeker: A person who has arrived in a new country looking for protection as a result of persecution and human rights issues in their homeland. Asylum rules differ by country, but generally many asylum seekers, particularly if they are part of a large group, do not have their requests processed. 

Asylum seekers from countries like Iran and Syria recently traveled to start new lives in the Eastern European country, Bosnia and Herzegovina. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 07/30/2021. 

  1. Deportation: In the U.S., people are deported when they are considered to “have violated an immigration law,” according to USA.gov. Grounds for deportation range from lack of travel documents to committing a crime to being considered a public safety threat, among numerous reasons. 

This week, scores of Haitian asylum seekers hastily attempted to re-board planes that deported them from the U.S. to Toussaint Louverture airport. BBC, 09/22/2021.  

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Larisa Karr

Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of the 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.