A Haitian migrant who is one of the thousands trudging northward from Central and South America told Fox News on Monday he will never return to his home country and that he is hoping to find a job in the United States once he finishes his 1,500-mile journey.
The migrant, who gave his name as Stevenson to Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins and sported a Biden-Harris T-shirt, said his remaining family in Haiti has since passed away and that he is hopeful to find employment in the United States under the Delaware Democrat he is showing support for.
Jenkins joined "America Reports" from Tapachula, Chiapas State – the first Mexican town many of the migrants come to when they cross out of Guatemala. He reported that there are thousands of new migrants amassing in Tapachula where a Mexican refugee center can mediate whether they are cleared to work in Mexico as many continue north.
As Reuters reported last week, many of the Haitian migrants appear to have come not directly from the turmoil-wracked Caribbean nation but from countries like Chile, Brazil and Colombia where they have lived for years.
Since that time, word has made it down from Texas that the Biden administration has permitted 12,000 or more Haitians to remain in the United States, while only a fraction have been deported back to Port-au-Prince.
Jenkins said that trend has encouraged them to continue their journey – but at the same time migrants bottlenecked in Tapachula have compared the conditions there to a "prison."
Stevenson told Jenkins that he will "never" go back to Haiti.
"I would like to send a message for Biden because Haiti [has] nothing [in] jobs, and because of this and who is here," he said.
"In [the] United States, I see opportunity – because I am young and I have no job or nothing," he added.
Jenkins told "America Reports" the Mexican government has been somewhat "cracking down" on many of the illegal immigrants currently headed north from places like Chiapas without official documentation.
In Ciudad Acuna, on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande from overwhelmed Del Rio, the Lopez Obrador administration has begun detaining some migrants who lack the proper aforementioned paperwork and sending them back southward to register at the refugee centers.
Mexico is also offering voluntary government flights to Haiti for the migrants who don't qualify when they go to register with the Federales, but Jenkins said not many are likely to take that particular offer.
Former ICE Director Thomas Homan later told Fox News that of the 12,000 or more illegal immigrants released by the U.S. government with notices to appear and the like, as many as 89% lose their case at immigration court adjudication for one reason or another – and less than 10% of that group actually leaves the country.