Haitian Immigrants Living In Florida Recount Scary Journey Across Border

More than 100 Haitian Migrants Land On Florida Beach

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Three Haitian families were granted asylum after crossing into Del Rio, Texas following a devastating earthquake and political upheaval in their home country. Now that they're settled in South Florida, they are sharing their harrowing experiences.

Stephanie, Jimmy, and their families are currently living in Miramar, Florida, and sat down with Local 10 about their stories.

“You see skeletons with clothes on them, or dead bodies,” Stephanie, the mother of a 4-year-old girl, told reporters. “You smell it, you have people that as they are walking up the mountain, they just give up.”

They said they were all there under the bridge in Del Rio, a humanitarian crisis shaking the country and testing the Biden administration.

When they were asylum seekers, their journey started with help from relatives or non-profit groups like Giving Hearts With Love Foundation. Then, they encountered smugglers along the way who promised to show them the way in exchange for money.

“The same people guiding are the same people robbing and raping,” Stephanie says. Some of their own family members were sexually assaulted during the journey, reporters say. Jimmy even got injured during the trip but kept going for his family.

“You have to have real determination and you have to know the reason why you’re doing it,” he says.

Now that they are in South Florida, they're required to check in electronically with immigration and wear GPS tracking devices. In the end, they say it's faith that brought them to safety and keeps them hopeful.

If you want to help Haitian immigrants seeking refuge, click here for a list of resources.

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