The case became a highlight in Mr. Biden’s fight to tackle the record number of migrants crossing the Southwest border illegally over the past year. Many attribute the administration’s response to racial prejudice, a charge Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, has denied.
Authorities allowed more than 8,900 Haitian nationals to enter the country between September and December to appear in immigration court and claim asylum. But during the same period, it also used public health rules to deport nearly the same number of people, according to government data, back to a country that The United States considers it unsafe for Americans for kidnapping, crime and civil unrest.
“We are concerned that the administration’s use of Title 42 rights is depriving legitimate asylum seekers of the opportunity to pursue their claims, contrary to our obligations under international law and in country,” the lawmakers wrote.
The Biden administration has defended keeping the rule intact. “We continue to delay the use of the CDC,” White House spokesman Vedant Patel said Wednesday, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this week, 33 House Democrats asked the director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, to give them detailed explanations why public health discipline is necessary, especially during a pandemic when vaccination is widely available and New cases are falling.
Some lawmakers on Wednesday argued that using the public health justification was at odds with the president’s agenda on promote racial justice.
“As the Biden administration works to deliver on its promise of racial equality, it must reverse Trump-era policies like Title 42 deportations and conduct a full review of the treatment of Black immigrants. ,” Representative Bush said in a statement to The New York Times. She and Senator Booker, a Democrat of New Jersey, initiated the letter and have been flirting with co-signers for months.
Non-governmental organizations have written reports on the differential treatment of Black migrants in the immigration system. They found that Black migrants spent more time in solitary confinement while in immigration detention; We more deportation more often than any other race and given higher bond set by immigration judges.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/us/politics/biden-immigration-haiti.html Democrats Ask Biden to Reconsider Treatment of Black Migrants