Monday, October 18

Biden’s special envoy for Haiti resigns due to the “inhumane” deportation of Haitian migrants

The United States special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, has resigned to the State Department in protest at the “inhumane treatment of migrants” from that country by the US administration.

In his resignation letter, which was published by several US media on Thursday and advanced by PBS, Foote has indicated that he cannot continue to be linked to the “inhumane and counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees.”

“I will not bind myself to the inhumane and self-defeating decision of the United States to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and irregular immigrants to Haiti, a country in which American officials are confined to safe compounds due to the danger posed by armed gangs to life. everyday “, says the writing.

The special envoy has considered “deeply erroneous” the policy that the Government of Joe Biden is carrying out in the face of this new migratory crisis.

“Our political approach in relation to Haiti continues to be deeply flawed, and my political recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, if not modified to project a different narrative from mine,” he added.

Foote, who was appointed in July, has submitted his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken days after highly criticized images of the treatment of border patrol agents on the southern border, where thousands of migrants have arrived. In recent days, a good part of them Haitians, who are concentrated on a bridge in the Del Río area (Texas).

Controversy has sparked the Biden government and although the Department of Homeland Security announced an investigation, there have already been some frictions within the administration, in addition to Foote’s resignation.

US Vice President Kamala Harris called US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday to express “grave concern over the mistreatment of Haitian migrants by Border Patrol agents on horseback,” the Government number two office.

It is extremely rare for the White House to report a telephone conversation between two members of a cabinet, and the goal of Harris’s office was apparently to reinforce the impression that the vice president is defending the rights of migrants in the current crisis at the border. .

The vice president, whose mission is to tackle the root causes of irregular migration to the United States, asked Mayorkas to ensure that all immigration agents “treat people with dignity, humanely and consistent with the laws and values ​​”of the country.

Mayorkas assured Harris that he “shares his concern” on the matter and reminded him that his department has opened an investigation into what happened, according to the statement.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that this investigation will be completed next week, and that in the meantime, the agents involved are on administrative leave.

Psaki described the actions of these agents as “brutal and inappropriate”, who, mounted on horseback, acted aggressively and harassed immigrants to prevent Haitians from entering the country after crossing the Rio Grande (Rio Grande), according to the images. .

Those photos have drawn criticism of Biden from figures in his own party, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has called on the White House to halt the mass deportation of migrants to Haiti.

In his letter of resignation, on the other hand, Foote emphasizes that the people of Haiti, “mired in poverty and hostage to terror” by the gangs that control the country, need urgent assistance. He also maintains that “immediate help” to the country’s government is important to restore order and neutralize the gangs.

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