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Haiti - Politic : Two members of the Black Caucus demand an end of expulsions to Haiti
17/03/2022 10:25:51

Haiti - Politic : Two members of the Black Caucus demand an end of expulsions to Haiti
In a letter, the Democratic representatives: Mondaire Jones (NY) and Ayanna Pressley (MA), two members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday March 15 asked the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas (in charge of immigration and of the fight against terrorism), to immediately stop expulsions to Haiti.

"We write with a request as simple as it is urgent: Stop deporting and expelling people to Haiti. Now [...]

At the center of Haitian expulsions is a Trump-era border management policy known as Title 42, which allows the Department of Homeland Security to quickly expel foreign nationals apprehended by U.S. border authorities under the auspices of pandemic sanitary protections regulated by the "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" (CDC).

[...] The Biden administration's decision to continue implementing Title 42, even as it draws down pandemic restrictions on the general population, has been a constant source of criticism from immigrant advocates.

But the disproportionate effect the policy has had on Haitian migrants, a majority of whom are Black, has raised questions of racial double standards in immigration enforcement.

[...] on March 3, Immigration and Customs Enforcement suspended deportation flights to Ukraine in response to the 'ongoing humanitarian crisis' there — a justified and important exercise of your enforcement discretion. There is every reason to extend that same level of compassion and exercise that same discretion to suspend deportations to Haiti — and, in light of your own findings about the ongoing humanitarian crisis there, no excuse not to [...]

This Administration cannot have it both ways. It cannot be that Haiti is in so deep a humanitarian crisis that people who have fled Haiti are entitled to Temporary Protected Status, but also that Haiti is safe enough that you can deport and expel people there by the tens of thousands," wrote the legislators.

"There is no reason to believe Title 42 expulsions actually protect anyone’s health. In fact, leading public health experts, including former CDC officials, have condemned the use of Title 42 as 'scientifically baseless and politically motivated' [...]"

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