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A top U.S. diplomat appointed as the special envoy to Haiti has resigned after less than two months over the Biden administration's "inhumane" decision to deport thousands of Haitians who entered the United States illegally back to their home country.
In his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Ambassador Daniel Foote cited the administration's "inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."
Repatriation flights have returned some 1,400 Haitian nationals to the country since Sunday after more than 12,000 settled in an encampment in Del Rio, Texas, while awaiting processing by border officials. Most migrants arrived in Del Rio after living in Brazil, Chile, or other South and Central American countries for several years.
Foote also criticized U.S. support for Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who took office soon after the assassination of Haiti's late President Jovenel Moïse in July. Henry recently ordered the firing of the top prosecutor investigating Moïse's death.
"The hubris that makes us believe we should pick the winner — again — is impressive," Foote wrote. "This cycle of international political interventions in Haiti has consistently produced catastrophic results."
Foote was appointed in July following Moïse's killing. His resignation comes as Haiti wrestles with a host of crises, including political instability, gang violence, and the humanitarian fallout of an earthquake that resulted in more than 2,000 deaths and thousands more injuries.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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