For Immediate Release: September 22, 2021
Stop Deportations To Haiti
“We will not be silent when we see injustice and persecution in our own country, regardless of which party or President is in charge.” – We Are Home campaign
Washington, D.C. – The We Are Home campaign issued a statement today condemning the Biden administration for its treatment of migrants, mostly from Haiti, who are being kept under a bridge near Del Rio, Texas until the Biden administration can expel them on airplanes to Haiti. The policy is unacceptable. Period. We Are Home Steering Committee Member Patrice Lawrence of the UndocuBlack Network puts it plainly in a CNN.com op-ed today, “We had hoped the new administration would forcefully reject the politics of hate. But it has been cowed into adopting some of the policies that Biden’s predecessor used to keep people out.”
Bridgette Gomez, Campaign Director for the We Are Home campaign said:
“People who are seeking safety and asylum and living under a bridge constitute a humanitarian challenge, but instead of responding with food, doctors and shelter, the Biden administration has responded with officers, horses, whips and deportation flights. As a campaign we call for the immediate halt to deportations to Haiti, even as the Biden administration pledges to double and triple them. Singling out Black migrants for the harshest and cruelest deterrence was a hallmark of the last administration and it was unacceptable then and a million times more unacceptable now from a President who promised a different approach to migration and refugees.
“Black people, immigrant communities and a multi-racial majority of Americans mobilized to support the President and Democrats in last year’s election and it is horrifying to see that it did not result in a wholesale rejection of hate, exclusion and the cruelty of deporting people to danger. We need to feed and house those who are asking for help and safety first and we need a functioning asylum system and a legal immigration system that works to address issues in the long run. But we will not be silent when we see injustice and persecution in our own country, regardless of which party or President is in charge.”
We Are Home is a nationwide campaign to fight for immigrant communities on three fronts: prioritizing and demanding a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; a moratorium and overhaul of interior enforcement; and broad affirmative relief from deportation. We Are Home is co-chaired by Community Change/Community Change Action; National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)/Care in Action; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); United Farm Workers/UFW Foundation; and United We Dream.