UN agencies warn against deporting migrants to Haiti, describe situation as ‘dire’

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  • Four UN agencies have called on countries to refrain from evacuating Haitian migrants without assessing whether they need protection.
  • Some Haitian citizens may be entitled to receive international refugee protection, the agencies noted.
  • The Biden administration is expediting deportations for the thousands of Haitians who have crossed the US-Mexico border in recent weeks.

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Four UN agencies on Thursday called on countries to refrain from deporting Haitian migrants without properly assessing whether they are eligible to apply for protection as refugees, calling the situation on the ground in Haiti “serious”. ” and stating “not conducive to forced withdrawal”.

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The call comes as the Biden administration has deported Haitian immigrants using a Trump-era health law known as Title 42, which denies some migrants the opportunity to apply for asylum.

In a joint statement, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Human Rights Office underscored the need to uphold the human rights of Haitians who have fled their country, and protection from states. has urged to provide or arrange for legal stay to address the “serious vulnerabilities” of such migrants.

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The agencies particularly encouraged the nations of North and South America to adopt a “broad regional approach” that ensures the safety of Haitians traveling throughout the Western Hemisphere. He noted that some Haitian citizens may be entitled to receive international refugee protection.

“Haitians moving to the US include people with different security needs, profiles and motivations,” the agencies said in a joint statement.

“Some people may have well-established grounds for requesting international refugee protection. Others may have other protection requirements,” the agencies said.

The agencies noted that social, economic, humanitarian and political conditions in Haiti, as well as a series of natural disasters, have prompted exodus from the country during the past decade.

The agencies said the situation in Haiti is also “bound to worsen” due to last month’s earthquake, rendering the Caribbean nation ineligible to return.

“The situation in Haiti remains critical, and is not conducive to forced withdrawal,” he said in the statement.

In recent weeks, immigration advocates and progressive Democratic lawmakers have slammed the Biden administration for its response to a rise in Haitian immigrants attempting to enter the US.

US Special Envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote resigned last week because of the Haitian immigrants’ administration’s deportation. In his resignation letter, Foote described the deportation as inhumane and referred to the unfavorable conditions in Haiti.

“The people of Haiti trapped in poverty, suffering under a corrupt government with terror, kidnapping, robbery and massacres of armed gangs and gang alliances, simply money, without food, shelter, and additional, avoidable human tragedy,” Foote wrote in the letter. said.

US officials have faced nearly 30,000 migrants in Del Rio, Texas, since September 9, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said at the White House last week.

By Friday, the Biden administration had completely cleared a temporary border camp under a bridge in Del Rio, where 15,000 migrants, mainly Haitians, had gathered at one point.

The administration has rushed to swiftly remove many migrants from the US. More than 4,600 Haitian migrants have been deported back to Haiti on 43 repatriation flights since September 19, a DHS spokesman said. told CNN on Wednesday.

However, some migrants have been allowed to remain in the country, Meyerkas said in an interview. with Fox News on Monday. When asked how many have been issuedhandjob He said “about 10,000 or so, 12,000.”

He then said that number could rise as the cases of another 5,000 migrants are being processed by DHS to determine whether they should be placed in immigration removal proceedings or expelled through Title 42.

Meyerkas has defended the Biden administration’s use of Title 42, telling reporters at the White House last week that it is a “public health need” and “not an immigration policy.”

The policy was introduced early in the pandemic, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided in August that Title 42 would remain in place until it was determined that there was no longer any risk of COVID-19 being brought across the border. Is. we

The administration has also faced sharp criticism for several photos and videos showing Border Patrol agents trying to ferry Haitian migrants into the US on horseback, it said last week in Del Rio with agents’ horses. Leading the Biden administration to stop the use, and the launch of DHS. The incidents imprisoned in them are being investigated.

Meyerkas said the agents involved have been assigned administrative duties and are not interacting with migrants during the investigation.

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