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Coalition Calls on Biden Administration to Halt Deportations to Haiti

A broad coalition of academic, advocacy, religious, and rights organizations are calling on the Biden administration to expand relief for Haitian migrants and halt all deportations to the country, The Hill reports.

In a letter dated August 27, 344 organizations called on President Joe Biden, secretary of state Antony Blinken, homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Domestic Policy Council director Susan Rice, and national security advisor Jake Sullivan “to immediately halt all deportation and expulsion flights to Haiti; promptly return to the United States any Haitians who were eligible for Temporary Protected Status (‘TPS’) and wrongly deported since May 21, 2021; explore other avenues of protection for Haitian immigrants including Deferred Enforced Departure (‘DED’); expedite the release of Haitians detained in immigration facilities in the United States, Puerto Rico and other territories; and grant humanitarian parole to Haitians at the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Signatories to the letter included the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Read the full letter.

Read WRC’s statement urging the Biden administration to halt deportations to Haiti following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the country in August 2021.