Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Haitians - Nothing to return to

 US Border Patrol guards whipped Haitians who were trying to bring food to their encampment. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas praised "the heroic work of the United States Border Patrol" 

This is happening under a president who claims humanitarian credentials. 

Democratic Party left-winger, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, commented "It doesn't matter if a Democrat or Republican is president, our immigration system is designed for cruelty towards and dehumanization of immigrants. Immigration should not be a crime, and its criminalization is a relatively recent invention. This is a stain on our country."

Her colleague said, Ilhan Omar "These are human rights abuses, plain and simple. Cruel, inhumane, and a violation of domestic and international law. This needs a course correction and the issuance of a clear directive on how to humanely process asylum-seekers at our border."

The forced deportations of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers have begun under the fallacious authority of Title 42. 12,000 of whom are expected to be deported from Texas in the coming weeks. Title 42 is inhumane, not based on science, and a violation of the US’s own immigration laws 

"I am asking for a humanitarian moratorium,” Jean Negot Bonheur Delva, the head of Haiti's national migration office. Haiti is expecting to accept six flights per day carrying deported migrants.

The desperate conditions that exist in Haiti are well known to Biden and his officials. They know only too well what the situation is in the country. In May Biden an 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, shielding them from deportations. But the measure only applies to those in the US before July 29. Yet he is persisting with this expulsion of the poor and needy to a country that is scarcely capable of offering any solace or shelter. 

“It’s completely unconscionable,” Steven Forester, immigration policy coordinator at the US-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, explained. “There’s no way Haiti can handle the people that are in Haiti now given the conditions there. It can’t provide for these people.” He added, “The whole message is deterrence. The idea that you sacrifice human beings to send a message is obscene and it won’t work.”

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