Treatment of Haitian Migrants by Biden Administration Just Latest Example of Structural Racism Faced by Black Immigrants

New York, NY - On Thursday, October 14, New York Immigration Coalition joined several partners on a national Black Migrant Day of Action organized by the Haitian Bridge Alliance to support Haitian and Black immigrants and migrants. This week, immigrant rights advocates have demanded an end to the deportation flights of Haitians from the southern border and the use of the Title 42 order to deny people their right to claim asylum. The advocacy follows the release of horrifying photos of US Border Patrol agents herding Haitian migrants like cattle along the southern border last month. According to a 2020 report by the Immigrant Learning Center, Black immigrants face higher levels of poverty, risk of deportation, and educational disadvantages. 

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

 “The Biden administration’s brutal treatment of Haitian and Black migrants reveals a White House more concerned with paying lip service to the concept of racial justice than dismantling the systems that continue oppression. It’s time that this President lived up to his lofty rhetoric rather than quietly continuing his predecessor’s repellant legacy on immigration and asylum. We can build an America that welcomes those fleeing persecution with dignity. But, to do so, President Biden must end the deportation flights, stop the use of Title 42, and rein in his out of control immigration enforcement agencies.”