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U.S. Deports People to the Catastrophe in Haiti

Apr 22, 2024

The U.S. government advises people not to visit Haiti. It has told family members of U.S. officials to leave the country. It cites “kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and poor health infrastructure.” The U.N. says that Haiti is in a “cataclysmic situation.”

And yet, on Thursday, April 18, the U.S. sent “around 50 Haitian nationals” back to Haiti, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Because the main airport in the capital is closed in the midst of Haiti’s collapse, they had to send the deportation flights to a smaller regional airport. The DHS explained simply that those they deported “were found not to have a legal basis to remain in the United States.”

One advocacy group pointed out that, given the situation in Haiti, these deportations were in violation of both U.S. and international law. So how exactly is the Biden administration more “humane” or lawful than the Trump administration?