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More Suspects Sought in Moïse Assassination as Groups Call on U.S. to Welcome Haitian Asylum Seekers

HeadlineJul 14, 2021

CNN is reporting 10 more suspects are wanted in connection with last week’s assasination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. The U.S. State Department said earlier this week a third U.S. citizen had been arrested. The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed Tuesday one of the other two detained U.S. suspects had worked as an informant for the agency.

Meanwhile, over 130 rights groups are calling on the Biden administration to welcome Haitian asylum seekers into the U.S. and to halt any deportations to Haiti amid the mounting unrest.

This comes as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned asylum seekers fleeing danger in Haiti and Cuba by sea that they will not be admitted to the U.S.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: “Individuals who take to the seas will actually not enter the United States. They are interdicted at sea, and they are repatriated to their countries of origin.”

Mayorkas is himself a Cuban immigrant who fled the island as a child with his family. Immigrant justice advocates are urging the Biden administration to have a more humane approach and to stop enforcing anti-immigrant policies.

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