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A Haitian Odyssey E1: Texas

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Roberto Martinez, TPR
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Dachka, 24, crosses the Rio Grande after leaving the camp under the Del Rio International Bridge on Sept. 20, 2021. She said she feared being deported back to Haiti.

When thousands of Haitians – like Dachka and Exode – arrived in the unlikely border town of Del Rio, Texas, they hoped they were crossing the finish line of an arduous immigration journey. But when the U.S. started flying some families back to Haiti (including their South American children) migrants were forced to make a critical decision: stay in the U.S. migrant camp and risk expulsion – or return to Mexico.

Read more reporting from the Houston Chronicle: Inside the brutal 10,000-mile journey Haitian migrants make in search of a home

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Elizabeth Trovall is the immigration reporter at the Houston Chronicle. Prior to her post, Trovall covered immigration for the NPR affiliate in Houston, Houston Public Media. Reach her at elizabeth.trovall@chron.com or on Twitter @elizTrovall.
Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules
Sofía Sánchez can be reached at tpr.sofia@gmail.com and on Twitter at @sofiahanalei