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Daniel Foote in 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The former special envoy for Haiti said Thursday that he learned of the deportations of thousands of Haitians seeking shelter in the Texas border town of Del Rio "on the news just like the rest of us."

The backdrop: Ambassador Daniel Foote's remarks come two weeks after he resigned from his post over the use of a Trump-era public health order to rapidly expel migrants staying in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio.

Driving the news: "Nobody asked me about the deportations. I found out about it on the news just like the rest of us," Foote said during a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.

  • "I thought, I'm the Special Envoy so maybe when we're making policy decisions someone comes in and says is this good, is this bad, but it didn't happen."

The big picture: Foote resigned last month — just two months after being named to the position — citing "the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees," per his his resignation letter.

  • Haiti faces increasing political instability after the assassination of former President Jovenel Moïse and an earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people.

What he's saying: "Deportation back to Haiti is not the answer right now, I am not saying that impending migrants who are in illegal status shouldn't be deported, but Haiti is too dangerous," Foote said.

  • "Our own diplomats cannot leave our compound in Port-au-Prince without armed guard."
  • "Deportation in the short term is not going to make Haiti more stable. In fact, it's going to make it worse."

Go deeper: Special envoy for Haiti resigns over Biden deportations

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Blinken warns Haitian migrants against "profoundly dangerous" journey to U.S.

Photo: Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday warned Haitian migrants in Mexico that they would not succeed in making it to the United States, calling the journey "profoundly dangerous," Reuters reports.

Driving the news: "The journey is profoundly dangerous and it will not succeed," Blinken said at a news conference in Mexico's capital, per Reuters.

19 mins ago - World

Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.

Scoop: U.S. and Israel to form team to solve consulate dispute

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right) meet in Washington. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel are planning to form a joint team to hold discreet negotiations on the reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: The consulate handled relations with the Palestinians for 25 years before being shut down by then President Donald Trump in 2019. Senior officials in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government see the consulate issue as a political hot potato that could destabilize their unwieldy coalition.