October 19, 2021

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The United States has a long-standing hostility toward Haitian immigrants

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Brenza Latina) The Houston Chronicle newspaper warned today that the continuation of anti-Haiti policies under the administration of Donald Trump and Joe Biden reflects a long history of bilateral hostility towards asylum seekers and immigrants from that country.

The newspaper says recent images of horse-riding agents in Del Rio, Texas, have suppressed Haitians, encouraged the nation and provoked anger, but violence and racism are not limited to those events.

Alejandro Myorgas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has promised to investigate the Border Force’s “behavior of certain individuals,” but has refused to acknowledge the Biden administration’s atrocities. Refuge and expel nearly five thousand Haitians.

In the long article, the author makes a historical journey from the 1970s of the last century, when the number of Haitians fleeing the US-backed dictatorship began to arrive in South Florida.

Officials in the administration of then-President James Carter called the Haitian program in 1978, which locked up newcomers in local prisons, denied them permission to work and rejected their asylum applications altogether, he argued.

This treatment – in the opinion of the press – contrasted with the ‘warm welcome given by the US government to the light-skinned Cuban asylum seekers’ who came to the country illegally.

In the early 1990s, the White House campaign took an even more deadly turn by excluding Haitians and denying them asylum.

In 1991, he explained, President George HW accepted the embargo established by the Bush Reagan administration.

Over the decades, Hada has changed with the Haitians and as president, Donald Trump has doubled down on these strategies, the opinion stressed.

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When the Govt-19 epidemic struck last year, Republicans used public health emergencies as an excuse to evict unwanted and undesirable foreigners, using Title 42, which allowed citizens and asylum seekers to submit their claims, he added.

Although the Biden administration has promised to break the Trump era by introducing ‘fair and humane’ immigration policies, it has embraced the tools of its predecessor, including Chapter 42.

Therefore, if the Biden administration does not abandon its mass expulsion campaign and recognize its obligation to seek just asylum for Haitians, it will be remembered for continuing the long and hateful tradition of racist and anti-Haitian violence.

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