Daniel Foote, a senior diplomat of the United States, stepped down from his position as the special envoy to Haiti. The foreign affairs official cited the US’ decision to expelling Haitian migrants back to their homeland, according to media reports.
In a letter to United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Foote said that he does not want to be associated with the country’s “inhumane” decision of deporting Haitian migrants.
Foote’s letter read, “I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life”, according to Associated Press reports.
He continued to criticise the decisions taken by the United States authorities and denounced the “deeply flawed” policy in place for affairs related to Haiti. The diplomat said his “policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.
Foote was appointed to fill the position of United States special envoy to Haiti earlier this year in July after the Caribbean country’s President Jovenel Moise.
Even before the migrant expulsions from the small Texas border town of Del Rio, the career diplomat was known to be deeply frustrated with what he considered a lack of urgency in Washington and a glacial pace on efforts to improve conditions in Haiti.
In response to Foote’s resignation of Thursday, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, “This is a challenging moment that requires leadership. It is unfortunate that, instead of participating in a solutions-oriented policy process, Special Envoy Foote has both resigned and mischaracterized the circumstances of his resignation.”