A former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has slammed mass deportation of Haitian refugees and asylum seekers from the US under President Joe Biden, asserting that it has “shocked the world over.”
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke also noted that “what has happened in Del Rio is wrong,” and that “It didn’t have to happen.”
“In 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving more than a million homeless,” he wrote in an op-ed published by El Paso Matters. “Countless Haitians found themselves forced to flee the already severely destabilized island nation to seek safety and refuge elsewhere.”
The Texas Democrat further noted that “none of this should have been a surprise to our government,” tacitly pointing the finger at the Democratic administration.
“With the compounding problems in Haiti over this past year, including the unsolved assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, preventing a return to their home country, the Haitians in exile began their trek to America,” he wrote.
The 48-year-old politician specifically blamed the government for allowing the Haitian migrants to arrive at the bridge connecting Mexico with Del Rio, Texas, before having to resort to their expulsion.
“Once the Haitians arrived, why was our government so slow to respond, leaving the people of Del Rio and the Border Patrol to their own devices?” he said.
President Biden has come under unprecedented pressure for the way his administration has treated the roughly 15,000 Haitians, causing outrage among human rights advocates across the world.