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Chairman Sires Issues Statement on Haiti and the Treatment of Haitian Migrants

Sep 22, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy issued the following statement on the situation in Haiti and the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers:

“I am heartbroken to witness the horrific scenes of the cruel treatment of Haitian nationals at our southern border. For the last two years, under both the Trump and Biden administrations, I have consistently advocated for the suspension of deportations to Haiti, the extension of temporary protected status for Haiti, and the termination of the Title 42 policy that has been used to summarily expel Haitian asylum-seekers without due process. I have repeatedly called for these steps because the issues driving Haitians away from their country need to be resolved in Haiti, not at the border. Under the Trump administration, we saw the results of a policy that begins and ends with deterrence—it guarantees that the crisis in Haiti will only deepen.”

“I reiterate my call to halt these deportations and rescind the Title 42 order. I also urge the Department of Homeland Security to respect the rights of all migrants and asylum-seekers, in accordance with U.S. law.

“The Department of State and the White House need to elevate Haiti on their foreign policy agenda. In doing so, the U.S. Government should be clear-eyed about the depth of corruption within the Haitian government and the extent to which gangs and criminal groups have infiltrated the highest levels of the Haitian state. Just as the Moise administration took increasingly authoritarian steps that should have prompted more serious international consequences, the interim government is not to be trusted. The Haitian people deserve far better.

“There are no easy solutions to the humanitarian, economic, and political crises in Haiti, which have only been exacerbated by the murder of Jovenel Moise and the recent earthquake. However, the pursuit of a solution must begin with engaging people across Haitian society, improving anti-corruption and human rights safeguards for our humanitarian and development assistance, and working with a wide range of civil society and community-based organizations to find a way forward.”