Haiti – FLASH : The United States suspends deportation flights of Haitians
The United States suspended deportation flights to Haiti on Friday, February 5, 2021, a sign that Joe Biden’s administration is trying to assert its control over the Immigration and border control agency of the Department of Homeland Security (ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement) whose recent deportations violated its guidelines which stipulate that only suspected terrorists and convicted felons who pose a danger to the public may be deported from the United States.
Recall that when he came to power, President Joe Biden ordered a 100-day moratorium on deportation, while the system and procedures for the removal of migrants and asylum seekers were subject to review. But on January 26, a Texas judge (appointed by Trump) suspended the application of this moratorium and the ICE had resumed deportations to Africa, Haiti and Central America.
“The mass deportations to Haiti during Black History Month are bad and inhumane,” the organization “Mouvement du Réseau d’Action Familiale” (FANM) said on social media as ICE carried out the Monday February 1 and Tuesday February 2, 2021 to the expulsion of 166 Haitians to Port-au-Prince.
The numerous calls Thursday evening and in the early hours of Friday to the team of Alejandro Mayorkas, the new Secretary for Internal Security, calls which would have implicated among others Guerline Jozef, co-founder of the “Haitian Bridge Alliance”, a support group to immigrants; Patrice Lawrence the National Director of Policy and Advocacy for the UndocuBlack network and the staff of the office of Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen have borne fruit, the Biden administration on Friday February 5 indefinitely suspended deportation flights to Haiti, avoiding the deportation in the next two weeks of nearly 1,800 other additional Haitians pending…
In addition, let us recall that in recent days, the American authorities have also returned on foot Haitians arrived by Mexico, from El Paso (Texas), to the border town of Ciudad Juarez, in violation of an agreement of the administration Trump with the Mexican government who had accepted the return of the Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans who crossed its territory but not the Haitians.