This is America.
You’d think that a recent photo of a white man on a horse, whipping Black people would be a thing of the past, but it’s 2021 and this nation still has a problem.
As the people of Haiti continue to grapple with the aftermath of the murder of their president, a job crisis, and a fatal earthquake, they are seeking refuge in America, however, they aren’t being met with open arms.
Currently, the citizens of Haiti are facing deportation before they can even attempt to cross the border in what has been reported as one of the largest migrant expulsions in American history.
According to the Associated Press (AP), more than 6,000 Haitians and migrants were removed from an encampment at Del Rio, Texas as of Monday (September 20).
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says that the decision was “challenging and heartbreaking” but on the flip side issued a major warning for those attempting to cross the border.
“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned,” he told AP. “Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life.”
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission has allowed those who wish to seek asylum in Mexico to sign up via an online petition which garnered over 19,000 signatures. On Monday the Mexican Guard rounded up between 15 and 20 migrants with a plan in motion to take them to nearby towns to be flown back to Haiti.
As for the agents on horseback using what appear to be large whips to secure migrants, officials claim that a proper investigation will begin to “define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken,” per AP. The Department of Homeland Security also called the image “extremely troubling.”
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“Some left to find work. Others to escape violence and racial discrimination in other countries” report the New York Times on why there has been an influx in Haitian immigrants. “But many believe ‘there is nothing to go back to.'”
Our hearts are with those Haitian families during this time.
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