The Biden administration is dismissing allegations of “deeply flawed” policies made by its special envoy to Haiti, who resigned on Wednesday in what he called an “inhumane and counterproductive” response to the recent increase in immigrants. Haitian along the southern border of the United States. VOA White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara gives details.
Thousands of immigrants, many of them Haitians living in South America, have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum in Del Rio, Texas.
Hundreds of them have returned from the Biden administration back to Haiti, a country steeped in poverty and violence. It is an “inhumane and counterproductive” response, said Daniel Foote, the US special envoy to Haiti, who resigned in protest on Wednesday.
“Our political approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my recommendations have been ignored and rejected,” Mr Foote said in his resignation letter.
“The fact is that there has been a lot of high-level discussion about Haiti, where all the proposals, including those put forward by Special Envoy Foote, were fully considered in a rigorous and transparent process.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning US Secretary of State John Kerry have been made more than once.
“Special Envoy Foote had ample opportunity to raise concerns about migration during his tenure. “He never did that,” said Ms Psaki.
However, the Biden administration continues to face criticism after images from the border, involving agents on horseback chasing immigrants. The administration said it was conducting investigations and that the horses would no longer be used to control migrants in Del Rio.
Immigration analysts say the change does not address the biggest question – what to do with the influx of people across the border – a real challenge for the administration.
“The Biden administration really wanted to send the message that it was completely changing the immigration policies pursued by the Trump administration, which were seen as cruel and inhumane. “But at the same time, I think the Biden administration is concerned that if it treats all Haitian immigrants as asylum seekers and allows them to enter the country, it will send a message to people around the world that the American border is open.” , says Julia Gelatt with the Institute for Migration Policy.
Daniel Foote turned down VOA’s request for an interview. In his resignation letter, he notes that Haiti cannot accommodate deported migrants.
The country is facing multiple crises, including last month’s earthquake, the president’s assassination in July and rampant gang violence, causing many residents to flee.
“COVID has made it difficult for Haitians to be able to work to support themselves. “These are individuals who fled Haiti after many earthquakes and went to South America,” said Critobal Ramon, an immigration analyst.
Democrats in Congress have urged the Biden administration to stop the evictions. The United Nations, which rarely criticizes US policy, has also denounced the expulsions of Haitians, saying they are “contrary to international norms.”
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