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Biden Admin Advises Americans to Leave Haiti as It Continues to Deport Haitian Asylum Seekers

HeadlineSep 01, 2023

The Biden administration on Thursday sent another deportation flight to Haiti with at least 60 asylum seekers. This came a day after the State Department urged U.S. citizens to immediately leave Haiti due to worsening violence. Immigrant rights advocates condemned the deportations. This is Guerline Jozef, executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance.

Guerline Jozef: “To really highlight the inhumane nature of those deportations, I want to share: One of the people who got deported this morning is a woman who has been in detention since February. She has been dealing with chronic pain, extreme medical issues. She fainted three times while in detention in Florida. Upon return from the hospital, she was put on a plane and deported this morning. She is stuck, with nowhere to go. And her family in the United States have been calling and asking to find some help for her.”

Tens of thousands of Haitian asylum seekers, including children, have been deported since Biden took office, despite international condemnation and calls for humanitarian relief as Haiti faces a spiraling political and economic crisis with gangs gaining control of large portions of the country.

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