U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over 'Inhumane' Deportations of Migrants

Special Envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote has announced he will resign from his position over what he called the U.S.'s "inhumane" deportation of Caribbean refugees and illegal immigrants.

According to PBS anchor Yamiche Alcindor, Ambassador Foote said he did not want to be linked to U.S. policy towards its treatment of Haitians.

In the resignation letter addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, Foote said: "With deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking crucial changes, I resign from my position as Special Envoy for Haiti, effective immediately.

"I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life."

The letter added: "Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own."

It concluded: "Last week, the U.S. and other embassies in Port-au-Prince issued another public statement of support by for the unelected de facto Prime Minister Dr. Ariel Henry as interim leader of Haiti, and have continued to tout his 'political agreement' over another broader, earlier accord shepherded by civil society.

"The hubris that makes us believe we should pick the winner - again - is impressive. This cycle of international political interventions in Haiti has consistently produced catastrophic results. More negative impacts to Haiti will have calamitous consequences not only in Haiti but in the U.S. and our neighbors in the hemisphere."

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

The Department of State announced Foote would serve as its Special Envoy for Haiti on July 22. Foote is a career member of the senior foreign service and previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti and as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia.

The crisis at the border was brought into focus this week after patrol agents were seen using what some initially suspected were whips to drive back migrants at the river Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters said the images of the border patrol agents on horseback confronting the refugees were "worse than what we witnessed in slavery."

She added: "Cowboys with their reins, again, whipping Black people, Haitians, into the water where they're scrambling and falling down when all they're trying to do is escape from violence in their country.

"I'm p*****. I'm unhappy and I'm not just unhappy with the cowboys, who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them," Waters added. "I'm unhappy with the administration."

Over 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been expelled from the border encampment as the border patrol looks to prevent more people from entering the U.S.

Daniel Foote resigned from his position
Ambassador Foote resigned from his position. In this photo, Daniel Foote, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Department of State, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing concerning cartels and the U.S. heroin epidemic, on Capitol Hill, May 26, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer / Staff/Getty