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Biden’s Black Allies ‘Pissed’ Biden Is ‘Following the Trump Policy’ With Haitians

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24.09.2021

Long-simmering criticism of the Biden administration’s approach to immigration policy by Democratic allies has taken on a new dimension this week, as civil rights groups and lawmakers express growing concerns that the treatment of Haitian asylum-seekers by American immigration authorities reinforces anti-Black racism.

The undeniably racial component of the ongoing deportation operation at the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas, was crystallized earlier this week with the publication of photographs showing U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on horseback whipping Haitian migrants with their reins in order to force them back into Mexican territory.

But beyond that incident, which the White House called “horrific” and is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, there is a growing consensus among Black organizations and civic leaders that President Joe Biden’s response to a crush of more than 15,000 Haitian asylum-seekers has been made worse by institutional racism against Black migrants specifically.

“What we’re seeing along the southern border is nothing short of a humanitarian disaster,” Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown, co-founders of Black Voters Matter, said in a statement. “The images of U.S. Border Patrol agents riding horseback, whipping and corralling Black asylum seekers, invoke a long and disturbing history of slavery—one whose legacy lives on through unconscionable acts of racial violence just like this. President Biden cannot ‘restore the soul of America’ as he allows his agencies to replicate the original sin which plagues that damaged soul.”

Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, which has been advocating on behalf of the asylum-seekers, called on the Biden administration to move beyond simply condemning the whipping incident and to end “systemic racist immigration policies that demonize Black people.”

“Black asylum seekers need compassion, not an endless cycle of inhumane and careless treatment,” Jozef said. “As the world is watching,........

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