Cruel Expulsion of Haitian Refugees is Unconscionable

by Community Change Action | September 22, 2021 3:31 pm

Cruel Expulsion of Haitian Refugees is Unconscionable

Community Change Action Co-Presidents Dorian Warren and Lorella Praeli signed on to a letter with other civil rights leaders, and issued the following statement in response to the treatment of Haitian refugees at the southern border.

“The cruel expulsion of Haitian refugees at the southern border is unconscionable.

When the Biden administration took office, they committed to ending Trump-era policies of cruelty, devising humane immigration policies that spoke to American values, and centering racial equity. What we’ve seen is the complete opposite. Allowing border patrol agents to violently attack and expel Black, brown and Indigenous asylum seekers, defending unlawful and inhumane immigration policies started under the Trump administration, and expanding ICE detention despite the ongoing COVID pandemic are not what millions of Americans voted for. It’s not aligned with who we want to be as a nation. In July, the Biden administration redesignated TPS for Haiti because of the deteriorating conditions in the country, yet this week the same administration restarted deportation flights to Haiti.

Last year, a multi-racial coalition of low-income, Black, brown, immigrant, and women voters came together for a vision of just immigration policies that treat people with dignity and care and an economic future that puts all of our families first. Our Black and immigrant-led movements came together for a promise to build back better, not a continuation of policies that lead to more death, deportation, and poverty for our families.

We have to be better. We join our partners in calling on the White House to match its promises with action. The Administration must immediately end all deportations to Haiti, terminate the Title 42 policy and restore meaningful access to asylum at the border, provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in Del Rio, and investigate CBP for its violence against Black migrants.”

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