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Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti Deserves Compassion and Solutions, Not Detention and Deportation

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Washington, D.C. — As the humanitarian crisis in Haiti unfolds, the Biden administration is reported to be considering using Guantanamo Bay to detain Haitians despite no spike in migrants. Meanwhile, Governor DeSantis deployed soldiers to South Florida, along with more than a dozen aircraft and boats, to block Haitians from reaching U.S. shores and has threatened to send anyone encountered by Florida authorities to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In response, Vanessa Cárdenas, Executive Director of America’s Voice, said:

“The Biden administration has an opportunity to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti with compassion, and doing so will strengthen the United States and help stabilize Haiti. Specifically, President Biden has the ability to strategically expand the use of humanitarian parole and Temporary Protected Status – and halt all deportation flights – to make sure Haitians seeking asylum reach safety, and they and those already here can work to support themselves and their families back home. The President has an opportunity to lead while focusing on solutions, especially because some American politicians are already exploiting fear of Haitian immigrants and trying to use the situation in Haiti to divide Americans.”