Biden’s decision to ramp up expulsion of Haitian refugees back to earthquake-ravaged Haiti exposes the racist, cruel, inhumane hypocrisy of his administration

The race to airlift 15000 Haitian migrants back into harm’s way without offering them legal protection they are entitled to under US and international law using a dubious loophole to prevent them from applying for political asylum would be considered inhumane, cruel and un-American under any circumstance but Biden’s actions seem especially bizarre in the present moment as it is happening at the same time that the Biden administration is rushing to vet tens of thousands of hastily airlifted Afghan refugees for a shot at the American Dream. Perhaps some of the same planes that helped Afghan refugees crammed onto a Kabul tarmac escape the Taliban will now ferry the people crammed under that Texas bridge back to the bullet-ridden streets of Port-au-Prince.
Biden is following in the footsteps of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott in failing to see these 14,000 Haitian souls as humans beings seeking a better life.

“We are all looking for a better life,” Junior Jean, a 32-year-old Haitian native who escaped the island’s many depredations four years ago only to survive by picking through garbage cans in Brazil’s largest city of Rio de Janeiro before making the dangerous trek to the U.S. southern border. As Jean spoke to an Associated Press reporter — one of the few journalists, it seems, who actually asked our fellow humans what they were doing here rather than going for the drone-powered scare shots — the two were surrounded by families trying to keep their small bags of food and water dry from the fast-moving river.

It feels like far too many Americans — including the ones making the decisions — don’t want to hear these personal stories, or to understand the reasons why someone would flee the only country they’d ever known to wander across a hostile Latin America for years, and why the longshot of asylum in America — where many of them know friends or family living comfortable lives on the other side of a manmade line — is worth a do-or-die gamble. Apparently seeing these Haitians as people just like us — who’d risk everything if necessary to make a better life for their children — would spoil the optics of our own political games.

Sure, I can anticipate your arguments — that we owed this to the Afghans, who were our allies and often worked for the Americans in our misguided 20-year war, while the Haitian migrants are somehow crass economic opportunists for their nerve in not wanting to pick through garbage cans or to take their kids back to gang-plagued streets. (Is it even worth mentioning that both Afghanistan and Haiti are a mess in part because of America’s self-interested meddling.)

The reality is that politicians and bureaucrats are playing God — unlawfully, by the way — in determining which refugees are deemed worthy and which ones get cast away, and it is a very ugly look for the United States. Already some African Americans are looking at the Afghan-Haitian paradox and wondering why it’s the asylum seekers with darker skin getting the short end of the stick. Can you blame them?

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In seeking the presidency in 2020, Biden actually made one of his primary pitches that he would wash away the moral stain of Donald Trump’s xenophobic immigration agenda. Included in that was the Democrat’s explicit pledge that he’d reverse Trump’s policies that reduced the number of refugees granted U.S. political asylum to record lows, with a paltry annual target of just 15,000 going into the 2020 election. Biden promised to hike the yearly goal back to 125,000 “and to seek to raise it over time.”

But since the moment that a predictable late-winter surge of Central American migrants led to scare chyrons on Fox News, Team Biden has aggressively moved to break his promise, lowering his actual target for 2021 to 62,000 and then admitting he wouldn’t come close to meeting even that. At least before the Afghan crisis, Biden was on track for an even worse year in 2021 for refugee admission than Trump’s last-year low point — despite the fact that giving all political asylum seekers a fair hearing is both U.S. law and an international human right.

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