Stop the Brutality and Illegal Deportations: Justice for the People of Haiti
United States special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, handed in his resignation on Sept. 23 saying he could not be associated with the policies of the administration of President Joe Biden as it relates to the treatment of Haitian migrants camped out in squalid conditions on the Texas-Mexico border.
Haitians are being deported without any access to the legal protections given to refugees attempting to escape from political turmoil and economic hardships.
Thousands of Haitian migrants have been confined to the Texas-Mexico border for days awaiting a United States government decisions on whether they have a right to asylum. Images of these families, many with small children, have prompted condemnations from throughout the U.S. and the world.
We are calling upon all people of conscience to join us for a press conference and demonstration at the Immigration and Border Patrol offices located on East Jefferson at Mt. Elliot in Detroit on Fri. Sept. 24 beginning at 4:00pm EDT.U.S. Border Patrol agents have been photographed beating and intimidating Haitian migrants utilizing horses and what appears to be whips. These images impact the collective consciousness of African Americans and other people of color who have been subjected to centuries of enslavement, colonialism and racial oppression.
The administration of President Joe Biden must immediately end this policy of law-enforcement abuse and disregard of the rights to due process and equal treatment of those fleeing persecution and impoverishment.
What the Department of Homeland Security is doing violates both domestic and international law. This is a Civil Rights and foreign policy problem that must be solved by the U.S. since it has a centuries-long history of exploitation and interference in the internal affairs of the Caribbean-island nation of Haiti.
We are demanding immediate Temporary Protected Status and a path to residency for Haitian migrants entering the U.S. The socioeconomic conditions in Haiti as a result of the recent earthquake and hurricane along with the obligation of Washington to address the long historical process of the destabilization and domination of Haiti, must be rectified by government and economic interests.