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Migrants, many of them Haitian, cross the Rio Grande to get food and supplies near the Del Rio-Acuna Port of Entry in Ciudad Acuna on Sept. 18. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. commenced deportation flights to Haiti on Sunday for the thousands of Haitian migrants seeking shelter in the small Texas border town of Del Rio, a source told the Associated Press.

Driving the news: More than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, have been staying in a crowded temporary camp with poor conditions under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.

  • The Department of Homeland Security announced Saturday that it would send 400 agents to Del Rio and begin running removal flights to Haiti, Mexico, Ecuador, and Northern Triangle countries.

The big picture: Three removal flights left San Antonio for Haiti on Sunday, and the rate of these flights is expected to ramp up, reaching at least six per day "shortly," AP reported.

  • More departure cities for the flights are being planned, according to AP.
  • A portion of the southern border near Del Rio has also been closed in an effort to stymie the number of migrants crossing the border, per AP.
  • Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry tweeted Saturday evening that arrangements have been made to receive the migrants, though he did not offer further details.

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Dec 27, 2021 - World

Delta says flight to Shanghai turned back due to COVID rules

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A recent Delta flight from Seattle to Shanghai turned back midair due to new pandemic-related cleaning rules at the Shanghai airport, Delta confirmed Monday.

Driving the news: The new cleaning requirements, which Delta said were issued on Dec. 21, "require significantly extended ground time and are not operationally viable for Delta," the airline said in an emailed statement.

Democrats fail to change Senate rules to pass voting rights bill

Senate Majority Leader during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats failed Wednesday night to change Senate filibuster rules to pass the voting rights bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voting with Republicans.

The big picture: The failed effort came after Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights measure from coming to a final vote earlier Wednesday.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

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The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.