Washington, The Houston Chronicle warned today that the persistence of anti-Haiti policies in the administrations of Donald Trump and Joe Biden reflects a long history of bipartisan hostility toward asylum seekers and immigrants from that country.
The newspaper said that the latest photos of Border Patrol agents on horseback oppressing Haitians in Del Rio, Texas, angered the nation and sparked outrage, but the violence and racism against them was not limited to those events.
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mallorcas, despite promising to investigate the “behavior of certain individuals” of the border guards, refused to acknowledge the commission of more serious acts of violence by the Biden administration by refusing to hear asylum applications and expelling nearly five thousand Haitians.
In the lengthy article, the author takes a historical journey from the 1970s when a growing number of Haitians fleeing the US-backed dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier began arriving in southern Florida.
He said officials in then-President James Carter’s administration devised the so-called Haitian Program in 1978, which locked new arrivals in local prisons, denied them permission to work, and implemented a blanket denial of their asylum claims.
This treatment – the journalist commented – contrasts with the “warm welcome given by the US government to the light-skinned Cuban asylum seekers” who arrived in the country illegally.
The materials indicated that in the early 1990s, the White House’s campaign to exclude Haitians and refuse asylum had taken a more deadly turn.
He explained that in 1991 President George H.W. Bush adopted the Reagan administration’s prevention program.
The opinion emphasized that the matter had changed over the decades with the Haitians, and as president, Donald Trump doubled down on these strategies.
When the Covid-19 epidemic began last year, Republican elk used the public health emergency as an excuse to turn away unwanted and unwanted foreigners, promulgating Law 42, a law that allows for the exclusion and expulsion of citizens. He added that allow them to submit their applications.
Although the Biden administration promised to break the Trump era by introducing “fair and humane” immigration policies, it has embraced the tools of its predecessor, including Title 42, it claimed.
Therefore, unless the Biden administration abandons its own mass expulsion campaign and acknowledges its commitment to giving Haitians a fair asylum hearing, it will be remembered for simply continuing the long and hateful tradition of racist and anti-Haiti violence.
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