Kamala Harris is the latest White House official to denounce images coming out of Del Rio, Texas, where US Border Patrol agents harshly corner Haitian migrants in tactics compared to the dark history of America’s slave patrols was captured.
“What I have seen is a show of people on horseback who treat human beings horribly,” the vice president told reporters on Tuesday. “I fully support what’s going on right now, which is a deeper investigation into what’s going on out there, but humans should never be treated like that, and I’m deeply upset about that.” “
She said she would be in contact with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas.
“I don’t think anyone looking at that footage would find it acceptable or appropriate,” press secretary jane saki said on Monday. “It’s terrifying to watch.”
Despite the condemnation, the Biden administration has continued to deport more than 12,000 Haitians gathered at the border under Title 42, a Trump-era immigration rule that largely closes the border to asylum seekers. It has also ramped up flights to Haiti, the capital of Port-au-Prince, though the country struggles this summer after a deadly earthquake and the assassination of its president.
President Biden, who campaigned on a more humane approach to immigration than anti-immigration Donald Trump, has come in for criticism from migration advocates and progressives within his own party.
“that snow [US Immigration and Customs Enforcement] Continued mass deportations of our Haitian neighbors – with Haiti in the midst of its worst political, public health and economic crises – is brutal and harsh,” Democrats said. US Representative Ayana Pressley for Massachusetts said: Regarding Friday’s situation.
Recognizing the country’s critical situation in May, the Biden administration Extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) For Haitians already in the US, stopping deportation for the next 18 months.
“Haiti currently faces serious security concerns, social unrest, increased human rights abuses, crippling poverty and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas said in a statement. said in. Time.
“After careful consideration, we decided that until the situation in Haiti improves, we must do what we can to support Haitian citizens in the United States so that they can return home safely. be able to return.”
Nevertheless, the administration continues to use Title 42 to evacuate people on a large scale in Del Rio, depriving them of their legally protected right to seek asylum.
Last week, a federal judge in Washington ruled that the policy was illegal because it applied to families, though the decision would not take effect for two weeks, and the Biden administration plans to appeal.
“The Biden Administration Claims It Wants To Dissociate From The Trump Administration’s Inhumane Asylum Policies,” ACLU Attorney Lee Gellert told the Associated Press. “Yet it has retained the most extreme of all policies, the Title 42 policy which is literally sending families into the hands of oppressors and cartels.”
Trump administration Stephen Miller, the architect of many of the administration’s anti-immigration policies, was pushing for Title 42 even before the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
Then, once Covid-19 started, the Trump administration Public health officials dismissed who said that closing the border to asylum seekers – and most other immigrants – would not serve any medical benefits, and established the policy anyway.
Since then, both administrations have used the policy to expel hundreds of thousands of people before claiming their rights.
By August, America was on pace accept a historically low number of refugees, less than the record low seen in the Trump administration. After initially facing intense criticism for not raising that figure from Trump’s level, the Biden administration has committed to raising the annual refugee cap to 125,000.
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