Independent news has never been so important.

Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

Haitian Asylum Seekers, Including Children, Deported Despite Biden Administration’s Promises

HeadlineFeb 09, 2021

In immigration news, the Biden administration is reviewing the deportations of veterans and their families that took place under Trump. The White House said in a statement, “The administration’s immigration enforcement will focus on those who are national-security and public-safety threats, not military families, service members or veterans.” Immigrant justice advocates have long warned these guidelines continue to criminalize undocumented people and asylum seekers, and continue to give ICE wide prosecutorial discretion on who gets deported.

This comes as activists are denouncing the ongoing mass deportations of Haitian asylum seekers. The Biden administration had temporarily suspended removal flights to Haiti Friday. On Monday, The Guardian reports, over 70 Haitian asylum seekers were deported, including more than 20 babies and children. Advocate and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, Guerline Jozef, tweeted, “We didn’t vote & made all the sacrifices to elect @JoeBiden @POTUS and @KamalaHarris @VP so that they can continue Trump’s draconian, cruel, evil & inhumane practices.”

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Top