An Internal Document Shows DHS Officials Advised Against Haitian Deportations, Fearing They Could Violate Human Rights Obligations

The internal warning sheds new light into how some within the department had deep concerns about the safety of Haitians being returned to their home country.

An Internal Document Shows DHS Officials Advised Against Haitian Deportations, Fearing They Could Violate Human Rights Obligations

Haitian migrants cross the border between Mexico and the United States to request political asylum. – 12-02-2021 (Shutterstock) By Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News The Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights office raised an internal warning to immigration and border officials that deporting Haitians to their volatile home country risked violating US civil and human rights […]

Over 250,000 Young People are at Risk of Deportation When They Turn 21

Over 250,000 Young People are at Risk of Deportation When They Turn 21

By Katy Murdza, Immigration Impact A lesser-known group of young people who grew up in the United States with immigration status—typically the children of noncitizens who entered the U.S. on temporary work visas—is increasingly at risk of deportation. They are known as Documented Dreamers, and when these young adults turn 21, they “age out” of […]

Groups Call for Transparency Regarding Abuse and Mistreatment of Black Immigrants in Detention

Groups Call for Transparency Regarding Abuse and Mistreatment of Black Immigrants in Detention

By Tsion Gurmu, Legal Manager and Staff Attorney at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Emily Creighton, Legal Director of Transparency The public watched in horror this September as U.S. Border Patrol agents on horses chased down Haitians and other Black migrants who were coming to the United States to seek protection. Despite outcry from […]

Violent, Racist Deportations of Haitian Refugees is Beyond the Pale

Violent, Racist Deportations of Haitian Refugees is Beyond the Pale

Haitian migrant families wait in front of the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance to request refuge in Mexico. – Mexico City, Mexico – September 23, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Janet Howard Children in cages. Mexicans are rapists. Haiti and Africa are “shithole” countries. The image of a mother and her two young children fleeing as they […]

‘Cruel, Unfair and Racist’: Black Immigrants Whose Fathers Are U.S. Citizens Push to Overturn Law That Keeps Them From Obtaining Citizenship

‘Cruel, Unfair and Racist’: Black Immigrants Whose Fathers Are U.S. Citizens Push to Overturn Law That Keeps Them From Obtaining Citizenship

By Liz Vinson, SPL Center Behind the steel gates of a remote immigrant prison in Georgia lies a visitation room where detained people speak to visitors through a plexiglass window. There are messages etched on the visitor’s side – words the detained men and women sitting opposite can’t see. “Be anxious for nothing,” one message […]

High Court Ruling Gives Immigrants Facing Deportation Hope

High Court Ruling Gives Immigrants Facing Deportation Hope

Supporters of President Obama’s DAPA and DACA policies on immigration and deportation gathered at the Supreme Court during oral argument in Washington, DC on April 18, 2016. (Shutterstock) By Philip Marcelo, AP News Just a few short months ago, Lucio Perez moved out of the western Massachusetts church he’d lived in for more than three […]

Getting Your Marijuana Record Expunged

Getting Your Marijuana Record Expunged

By Norma Lewis, JD There was quite a bit of excitement, relief, and joy, and a few spiffs smoked when New York legalized recreational marijuana. Several advocates and lawmakers welcomed it as one of the most progressive cannabis laws in the country. That’s in part because it automatically clears the criminal records of people with […]

Biden Immigration Overhaul Would Reunite Families Split up by Deportation

Biden Immigration Overhaul Would Reunite Families Split up by Deportation

Families separated by the border between Mexico and the United States meet this morning at the Rio Grande, where they hug for four minutes. – Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 06-24-2017 (Shutterstock) By Robert McKee Irwin, The Conversation Hundreds of thousands of immigrant families have been separated by deportation from the United States, in many cases with […]

US Officials Are Deporting Haitian Immigrants Despite Knowing They May Face Danger

US Officials Are Deporting Haitian Immigrants Despite Knowing They May Face Danger

Haitian refugees stand in a line outside the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, which helps recently arrived migrants with food and job opportunities. – Sao Paulo, SP / Brazil – April 29, 2014 (Shutterstock) By Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News Department of Homeland Security officials acknowledged internally that deported Haitian immigrants “may face harm” upon […]