ICE Criticized For Mass Deportations To Haiti and Jamaica
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ICE Criticized For Mass Deportations To Haiti and Jamaica

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Feb 10, 2021

Two immigrants rights groups are criticizing the United States Immigration Customs and Enforcement for its recent deportation flights to Jamaica and Haiti.

According to the Haitian Bridge Alliance and the UndocuBlack Network, deportation flights to Jamaica and Haiti took place on Jan. 28 and Jan. 31. The organizations say the deportations are another in a long history of international abuses by immigration authorities against Black men, women, children, and families.

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There were at least 102 immigrants on the flights, as reported in Black Enterprise.

“This immigration deportation system is cruel and inhumane. It’s callous but not surprising that ICE kicked off Black History Month today by deporting Black immigrants, inflicting pain and trauma on Black families seeking safety. Deportation flights to Haiti in the midst of a global pandemic and a major uprising in the country that harks back to the fall of the Duvalier regime in 1986 are unconscionable,” said Guerline Jozef, the co-founder and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance. “It is also irresponsible for the Haitian government to agree to receive deportees given the political turmoil, and shows a disregard for the well-being of our brothers and sisters who will face severe hardship or even death upon return.”

While the new Biden administration has announced it will curb the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the deportations continued after a Texas judge blocked President Biden’s executive order to halt deportations for 100 days.

The groups are demanding the Biden administration end deportation flights and release all individuals currently sitting in a detention center awaiting deportation. The groups also request the Biden administration ensure that everyone illegally deported has the right to return to the U.S.

The Haitian Bridge Alliance and the UndocuBlack Network ask the Biden administration to end deportation flights and release people awaiting deportation in detention centers. They are also asking to ensure that illegally deported people have the right to return to the U.S.