Migrants family heading to the U.S. Border seeking asylum after a rough trip from Chile where they almost lost their baby. Illustration by The Haitian Times

As the world watched U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents on horseback chase down Haitians to keep them from crossing the Rio Grande onto U.S. soil, Velnes Jean-Louis was experiencing it too — from the massive migrant camp under the infamous bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

Jean-Louis, his wife Ghislaine Jean-Pierre and their one-year-old daughter spent seven days under that bridge. Seven days, desperately hoping to leave the camp and the abuse behind.

“That’s what they were doing the entire time — chasing us with horses, trying to stop us from crossing,” said Jean-Louis, 35, who often crossed the river to bathe and find food. “They didn’t treat us like we’re humans.”

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Paul Jr. Prudent

Paul Junior Prudent started his journalism career in 2011 at Radio Ibo in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2018, he received accreditation from the NBA to cover the Knicks and the Nets for Radio Ibo. He's collaborated with multiple media outlets in Haiti including Le Nouvelliste, Le Matin, Ayibopost, and Port-au-Prince Post.