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Trump. Biden. It’s All the Same for Haitians Getting Booted From Texas

The Trump administration called them “aliens.” The Biden administration calls them “irregular migrants.”

But for the crush of thousands of Haitian migrants at a crossing along the Rio Grande, changes in presidential administration and bureaucratic rhetoric have still left policies for those seeking safe haven at the U.S.-Mexico border unchanged: cramped and dangerous encampments at border crossing sites; perfunctory processing of asylum claims; and, almost invariably, swift removal from the United States.

But even those who blame Trump’s own policies for much of the crisis at the border say that Biden is culpable for the decisions being made under his watch.

“It is well past time for this administration to change course by ending expulsions and other cruel, unnecessary, and unlawful deterrence based policies and start living up to its promise of building a more humane and orderly immigration system that welcomes with dignity,” Ursela Ojeda, policy adviser for the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said in a statement.

Read WRC’s full statement on Title 42 after a federal judge challenged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expulsions of migrant families and individuals.