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AG Racine Leads Coalition Urging the Biden Administration to Protect Haitian Migrants Fleeing Persecution – Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

The 15 Attorneys General Want to Ensure Migrants are Treated Humanely and Have Access to Humanitarian Protections 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul today led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in filing a friend of the court brief supporting nonprofit group Haitian Bridge Alliance’s challenge to the federal government’s treatment of Haitian migrants at the United States border.

In their brief, the attorneys general oppose the federal government’s expulsion of thousands of Haitian migrants—including those seeking asylum—at the border without considering their fears of persecution or torture. The brief further argues that Haitian migrants offer substantial contributions to the United States and expelling them needlessly deprives the United States of those benefits while also retraumatizing an already vulnerable population.
“Anyone fleeing persecution, violence, or poverty for a better, safer life should be treated with dignity. Sadly, many Haitian migrants who took long, treacherous journeys in hopes of obtaining safety and refuge were denied access to the full humanitarian protections allowed under federal law,” said AG Racine. “As a Haitian immigrant whose parents fled Haiti’s authoritarian regime when I was just three years old, I’m troubled by the mistreatment of Haitian immigrants at the southern border. We can and must do better as a country.” 
In their brief, the attorneys general urge the Biden administration to give Haitian Bridge Alliance the chance to advance their claims about the mistreatment of Haitian migrants at the border because: 
A copy of the amicus brief is available here
This brief follows a letter that AG Racine and 17 other attorneys general sent in September 2021, urging President Joe Biden to engage in humanitarian solutions to address the Haitian refugee crisis at the United States border and to cease the brash deportation policies of the previous administration. 
AG Racine is leading the amicus brief with Illinois AG Kwame Raoul, who are both the only two current Haitian attorneys general. They are joined by AGs from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. 
Protecting Immigrant Communities 
Under AG Racine’s leadership, OAG has worked to protect the rights and safety of immigrant communities and has challenged several federal laws and practices that unfairly target immigrant communities, from the Muslim travel ban to limitations on asylum, the termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian-born residents, the Trump administration’s attacks on DACAfamily separation, and more. OAG has also advocated for states and localities that have instituted pro-immigrant policies by helping to protect public safety funding for sanctuary cities and to limit local resources for federal immigration-crackdowns
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