Advocacy groups champion Biden government over “cruel policy” towards Haitian migrants.
An alliance of civil rights and humanitarian organizations is putting pressure on President Joe Biden to reverse the asylum policy that they say threatens the lives and safety of Haitian migrants.
On Thursday the Welcome With Dignity campaign took off full-page advertisement in the New York Times, addressing Biden directly. The ad called on Biden to reverse Trump-era policies that hastened the expulsion of Haitian migrants fleeing their country’s economic and political crisis.
“Your cruel policies have human consequences,” the ad said.
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security increased deportation flights for Haitian migrants in response to a surge in the Texas border. The department made the move to Title 42, a pandemic health ordinance passed last year. According to the order, the ministry is designating migrants as a public health precaution without giving them the opportunity to apply for asylum.
Last month, the Biden administration, which pledged a gentler approach to immigration, was sharply criticized in response to widespread pictures and videos of agents attacking on horseback and guarding migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande.
According to the “Welcome With Dignity” campaign, the Biden government has expelled 7,500 Haitian migrants “back in danger” since September 19. Haiti faces humanitarian challenges from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in August and is still grappling with the political turmoil resulting from the assassination of its president.
The “Welcome with Dignity” campaign said in the ad that there had been 6,356 kidnappings, sexual assaults and other violent attacks on people seeking refugees at the border.
The ad was accompanied by protests in Washington, DC, and at least 11 other cities.
Late last month, Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas said agents were no longer using horses to deal with migrants at the border and the incident was being investigated. He also said that about 15,000 migrants had been removed from a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas. Up to 12,000 Haitian migrants have been released to the United States, he said in a separate interview with Fox News.