This article analyzes the hypocrisy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. The decision came soon after President Obama spoke about the need to have “open arms” for refugees around the world at the United Nations General Assembly. DHS’ justification of the deportations – that country conditions are stable enough and that Temporary Protected Status and the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) will help Haitians – also rings hollow. Haiti is still facing both a cholera and a political crisis, both of which the U.S. was involved in. HFRP is also severely limited, leaving thousands who have been approved for visas waiting in Haiti for up to 13 years.
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Obama’s contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers
Opal Tometi, The Hill
September 28, 2016
Last week President Barack Obama hosted a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees as part of his final presidential duties at the United Nations General Assembly. During the summit, President Obama called on fellow member nations to make a greater commitment to addressing the record-breaking numbers of displaced people worldwide. Urging cooperation and “open arms” during his remarks, he conveniently neglected to mention the plight of thousands of Haitian migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. In fact, just days after the meeting where 193 countries adopted theNew York Declaration, aimed at improving the lives of the 65.3 million people forcibly displaced due to political crises and wars, the Obama Administration’s own Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced thatit will expedite the deportation of nearly 3,000 Haitian migrants, including asylum seekers,that sought entry into the country through the U.S.-Mexico border over the summer, arriving now at the rate of over 100 per day.
Far from the refuge and aid Obama urged at United Nations, this shift in policy towards survivors of the 2010 earthquake slams the door shut on thousands of desperate men, women and children. AsMarleine Bastien of Haitian Women of Miami and Steven Forester of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti recently decried in the Miami Herald, this decision is inhumane. Obama’s decision is not only unconscionable, but the ultimate contradiction. Our nation’s first black president, himself the child of an immigrant, turning his back on thousands of black immigrants in their time of need at the end of a presidential term where he has repeatedly made claims to progress on immigration represents a disparity of the highest order.
Ironically, it is America’s own actions that have brought Haitian migrants to our borders, both through a legacy of intrusive policy and the continued undermining of Haitian sovereignty. For these reasons and more, the Obama Administration is obligated to extend humanitarian service to this vulnerable population without delay, and must direct DHS to reverse its decision to resume deportations to Haiti.
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