WASHINGTON Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) on Tuesday criticized Joe Biden’s administration for its treatment of the thousands of Haitian migrants who camped in a Texas border town seeking entry into the United States. United, calling on the president to stop expelling them.
The Department of Homeland Security is removing most migrants using a Trump-era policy that allows the United States to quickly deport people crossing the border due to the coronavirus pandemic, usually without treating them for asylum . Many migrants have already been flown to Haiti under the direction of US immigration officials.
Schumer, who represents a state with the country’s largest concentration of Haitian immigrants in New York City, urged Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to reverse the policy.
“We cannot continue these hateful, xenophobic Trump policies that disregard our refugee laws,” Schumer said in a speech in the Senate. “We must allow asylum seekers to present their claims at our ports of entry and benefit from due process. “
The wave of Haitian migrants seeking to enter the United States increased over the summer after the assassination of the country’s president in July and an earthquake in August that killed more than 2,000 people and destroyed dozens of thousands of houses. The number of migrants has exceeded U.S. immigration officials, who have been forced to deploy hundreds of additional officers to the border town of Del Rio, Texas.
Video and photos of U.S. border patrol agents on horseback ropes whipping Haitian refugees on Sunday drew widespread criticism over the administration’s handling of the situation, with other Democratic lawmakers calling for an investigation into the question.
“I can’t imagine what context would make this appropriate, but I don’t have additional details, and certainly I don’t have additional context,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday, during a press briefing at the White House. “I don’t think anyone seeing these images would think it was acceptable or appropriate.”
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