In one incident on Monday at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, two Haitian migrants abruptly got up from their seats as the plane taxied to the runway and attacked ICE agents, biting them, and forcing takeoff to be delayed, according to the Washington Examiner.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, three ICE officers also suffered non-life-threatening injuries during an assault on Tuesday at the Port-au-Prince airport, when a group from a plane carrying single adult men stormed another recently arrived flight carrying deported families, according to NBC News. The Haitian men also assaulted the pilots of that plane, who work for a government contractor licensed to fly deportation flights, and demanded to be taken back to the US, a source familiar with internal reports has revealed.
In Monday's incident in Texas, federal assault charges will be brought against the migrants accused of biting the ICE officers.
It remains unclear if any charges were pending in Tuesday's incidents in Port-au-Prince.
'On Tuesday, Sept. 21, some adult migrants caused two separate disruptions on the tarmac after deplaning in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,' a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson announced in a statement.
'Haitian crowd control officers responded to both incidents and resolved the situations. ICE fully respects the rights of all people to peacefully express their opinions, while continuing to perform its immigration enforcement mission consistent with our priorities, federal law and agency policy,' the spokesperson then added.
Nearly 10,000 migrants, mainly Haitian, remain in worsening conditions in an impromptu camp that sprang up under a bridge spanning the Rio Grande from the Texas town Del Rio to Mexico's Ciudad Acuna.
In recent days, U.S. authorities have removed at least 4,000 people from the site for processing in detention centers. Some 1,000 Haitians have been deported to their homeland on flights to Haiti, with repatriations set to continue on a regular basis, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported.
Returnees reacted angrily as they stepped off flights at Port-au-Prince airport on Tuesday after spending thousands of dollars on arduous voyages attempting to reach the United States, and learning that the Biden administration had stopped deporting Haitians.
In one such incident, a group of men in white T-shirts rushed back toward the plane after they disembarked in Port-au-Prince, with a man even attempting to get back on board, witnesses told Reuters.
The migrants broke into a restricted area of the airport as they attempted to recover passports and personal belongings, and ground staff closed the door of the plane before the man could scale the steps back into the cabin.