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Biden’s Deportation of Haitian Migrants Uses Trump-Era Immigration Tactics

  • September 23, 2021

About 1,500 Haitian migrants have been quickly deported, even as thousands more are allowed to enter the United States while they wait for deportation hearings, according to an official familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. Many migrants have made claims of asylum.

Eduardo Maia Silva, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said the migrants who were not deported were being released with monitoring devices, such as an ankle bracelet.

In some cases, there did not appear to be any clear criteria for who was allowed to stay and who was sent back to Haiti, though single adults are mostly being deported.

Many of the Haitian migrants are not seeking refuge from natural disasters and political violence this year. Rather, they have been living in South America for years, forced from their homes by previous disasters, instability and poverty. Fleeing poverty is often not enough to win asylum in the United States, and many migrants may eventually be deported.

In interviews, several Haitian migrants trying to cross the border said they made the journey because they had lost their visas or their jobs and had no choice but to find a way to survive in the United States.

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