Six Month Anniversary Del Rio report Details a Living Legacy of Anti-Haitian Discrimination in U.S. Immigration System – Yahoo Finance

202,000 Americans filed new claims, above last week's lows of 188,000
WASHINGTON, March 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Six months after photos revealed mounted Border Patrol agents chasing and grabbing Haitian migrants to prevent them from bringing food to their families, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Haitian Bridge Alliance today released, Beyond the Bridge: Documented Human Rights Abuses and Civil Rights Violations Against Haitian Migrants in the Del Rio, Texas Encampment, a new report unveiling the full scope of the abuses that occurred in Del Rio, Texas, and in some cases are ongoing.
The joint report presents first-hand testimony of 43 Haitian and other survivors who were trapped by U.S. immigration officials in a makeshift encampment under the Del Rio International Bridge, subjected to violence, racial slurs and intimidation, and denied sufficient access to food, water, and medical care.
"The Del Rio crisis is a moment of national reckoning," said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. "Fathers, mothers, and children who risked everything because of their belief in the promise and compassion of America were met instead with extreme militarization, brutal violence, hostility, and racism. The U.S. government must be held accountable for its actions depriving thousands of the opportunity to apply for asylum and violating international law. We must end Title 42 and the deportation of Haitian asylum seekers immediately."
Haitian Bridge Alliance v. Biden, a pending federal class action lawsuit, asserts that the U.S. government's actions at Del Rio were part of a larger strategy that was intentionally designed to send a message of deterrence to other Black immigrants: the United States will not protect you and will deport you back to danger.
To perpetrate these human rights abuses, the U.S. used the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext. Invoking an obscure public health statute called Title 42, the Biden Administration fully embraced a Trump-era policy that claimed the unprecedented authority to prevent the entry into the country of people seeking humanitarian protection.
"As a Haitian-American woman, descendant of enslaved Africans in the Americas, I cannot disconnect this treatment of Black people in Del Rio from the historical treatment of Black people in the United States," said Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance. "The inhumane treatment while in CBP custody, including people shackled and forced on planes, is evidence that the entire system is deeply rooted in white supremacy. This mistreatment is not lost on the Haitian-American community as we remember how the United States dehumanized Haitians refugees fleeing persecution in the 1980s. We demand accountability and protection for all people in need of safety and to immediately end Title 42."
The report includes testimonies and information obtained by the Haitian Bridge Alliance and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights through in-person and phone interviews with survivors and witnesses, detailing human rights abuses committed by the Department of Homeland Security and others against Haitian immigrants in the Del Rio encampment. It also documents continued abuses inflicted on Black immigrants after the U.S. government hastened to clear Del Rio and erase all evidence of wrongdoing. Among them: continued mass expulsions of Haitians fleeing persecution and torture; continued abuses in ICE detention centers; and continued separation of family members.
A series of recommendations for the Biden administration to adopt to begin to rectify the harm it caused in Del Rio and beyond are also offered. They include immediately rescinding Title 42 and the Migration Protection Protocols, immigration policies that violate U.S. and international law and were designed to eliminate access to asylum for Black and brown people; providing increased funding and support for civil society organizations assisting asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border; ending all expulsions and deportations to Haiti; fulfilling the Administration's promise to investigate the human and civil rights abuses committed at Del Rio; providing humanitarian parole to those harmed; ending all ICE contracts with for-profit prisons and updating the Haiti's eligibility date for Temporary Protected Status.
"The horrific images of Border Patrol on horseback at Del Rio attacking Black asylum seekers trying to bring food to their starving families rightfully shocked the collective conscience. But far from an isolated event, those images encapsulate the cruelty of our immigration system as a whole," Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Senior Vice President Wade McMullen said. "The violence and anti-Black racism on full display in Del Rio plays out every single day at ports of entry, in detention center centers, in immigration courts, and on deportation flights. Del Rio is every day."
A copy of the report can be viewed in full here.
Media contacts:
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights:
Amy Zelvin Reid, reid@rfkhumanrights.org
Anna TenBroek, atenbroek@webershandwick.com
Haitian Bridge Alliance:
Taisha Saintil, tsaintil@haitianbridge.org
View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/six-month-anniversary-del-rio-report-details-a-living-legacy-of-anti-haitian-discrimination-in-us-immigration-system-301513191.html
SOURCE Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Young Russians mourn the loss of a Western lifestyle as a new iron curtain rises Olaf Scholz plays high stakes game of chicken over Putin's gas FTSE 100 dips 0.2pc Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: The German economic miracle no longer exists Sign up here for our daily business briefing newsletter
(Bloomberg) — President Vladimir Putin said Russia will continue supplying gas to Europe even as it demands customers pay in rubles, easing fears that the change could lead to damaging disruptions. Russia “values its business reputation,” Putin told officials in televised comments. European officials said the change isn’t likely to affect supplies.Most Read from BloombergNever Had Covid? You May Hold Key To Beating the VirusBiden Team Weighs a Massive Release of Oil to Combat InflationPutin ‘Mi
Reader commentary on Donald Trump, Joe Biden, the Ukraine invasion and more.
The bipartisan retirement bill includes provisions to gradually boost the age for required minimum distributions, increase catch-up contributions for some savers, and make auto-enrollment in 401(k)s mandatory going forward. The Senate is considering similar legislation.
Initial unemployment claims are expected to hover near a 50-year low as employers continue to show reluctance in reducing their workforces in the competitive labor market for talent.
(Bloomberg) — With all the focus on the risk of default by Russia, an even more spectacular collapse has gone largely unnoticed right next door: There’s a bond crisis brewing in Belarus, which has the world’s worst-performing government debt this year.Most Read from BloombergUkraine Update: U.S. Skeptical After Russia Vows Kyiv PullbackUkraine Update: Kyiv Seeks Cease-Fire Deal in Russia TalksAbramovich Suffered Suspected Poisoning During Ukraine TalksWorld’s Longest Passenger Flight Plans to A
The proposed ‘billionaire tax’ bill may not be the most effective way to tax billionaires, Former Acting Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Tyler Goodspeed told Yahoo Finance Live.
The House on Tuesday passed with overwhelming bipartisan support SECURE 2.0 — a major revamp to the landmark 2019 law that overhauled retirement tax rules for older Americans – and the changes could mean even bigger savings for your investment portfolio and nest egg.
SeanGallupSeveral hundred Russian soldiers were forced to hastily withdraw from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine after suffering “acute radiation sickness” from contaminated soil, according to Ukrainian officials.The troops, who reportedly dug trenches in a contaminated Red Forest near the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history, are now being treated in a special medical facility in Gomel, Belarus. The forest is so named because thousands of pine trees turned red during the 19
President Joe Biden unveiled the biggest-ever release of crude from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve Thursday in the latest effort to tame historically high energy prices.
(Bloomberg) — Russia aims to keep supplying gas to European customers even as it demands they shift to payment in rubles, President Vladimir Putin said, easing fears that the shift could lead to disruptions from the continent’s biggest supplier.Most Read from BloombergNever Had Covid? You May Hold Key To Beating the VirusBiden Team Weighs a Massive Release of Oil to Combat InflationPutin ‘Misinformed’ by Advisers on the War, White House SaysApple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forg
A state TV host said the former presidential candidate was a Russian agent, according to Russian media analyst Julia Davis.
Shares of Canadian cannabis company Tilray Inc. were up 2.4% Wednesday in higher-than-average volume, on speculation surrounding an expected House vote this week on a bill that could decriminalize cannabis. The bill, called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, would remove cannabis from the Schedule I classification that has long kept on an equal footing with heroin, even as many states have moved to legalize it for medical or recreational use. The speculation
On March 29, the House of Representatives voted 414-5 in favor of the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022. If passed by the Senate, and then signed into law by President Joe Biden, the act could…
A favorite Wall Street harbinger of business-cycle downturns sent up a warning flare that a recession may be on the horizon on Tuesday, just hours after the latest data on the U.S. economy showed business demand for workers remained strong and consumers were still confident despite some worries about inflation. It was a disjointed set of events – strong economic fundamentals against signs of anxiety in the bond market – that showed just how tight a path the Federal Reserve will need to walk as it tries to tame inflation with a steady series of interest rate increases. For traders who briefly pushed rates on the 2-year Treasury note above that of the 10-year Treasury note, the biggest risk to the economy may now be a central bank that finds inflation has slipped its grasp and is forced to act more aggressively than expected, killing the current economic expansion in the process.
As Secure 2.0 nears the finish line in the House, lawmakers in the upper chamber are finalizing their own bill that could make it easier for savers to annuitize their retirement savings.
CBS News staff 'embarrassed,' 'baffled' by Mick Mulvaney hire, but executive reportedly wants GOP 'access'
The Biden administration is asking Congress for $773 billion to fund defense for the government's fiscal year 2023. That's up about 4% compared with the 2022 request.
(Bloomberg) — President Joe Biden plans Thursday to invoke Cold War powers to encourage domestic production of critical minerals for electric-vehicle and other types of batteries, according to people familiar with the matter.Most Read from BloombergNever Had Covid? You May Hold Key To Beating the VirusHome Prices Suggest Housing Bubble Brewing in U.S., Dallas Fed SaysApple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal RequestsBiden Poised to Use Cold-War Powers to Boost Battery Metal
The House and Senate are both prioritizing retirement security this week. House members passed the “Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022” bill on Tuesday, a comprehensive package of retirement-focused rules to improve Americans’ retirement security. The Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (also known as HELP) also had a hearing on Tuesday to discuss retirement savings proposals that would benefit American workers and retirees.


What's your reaction?

In Love
Not Sure

You may also like

More in:Diaspora

Comments are closed.