Statement Regarding the Inhumane Treatment of Haitian Migrants at the US Border

Migration that Works decries the vile, inhumane treatment of Haitian migrant families and asylum-seekers at the US Border. The horrific violence perpetrated by the US Border Patrol in Del Río, Texas towards primarily Black Haitian migrants searching for refuge and security is unconscionable and unforgivable. This treatment is reminiscent of the footprint of slavery in the US, and the Biden Administration’s treatment of Haitian migrants is a reminder of the systemic racism and anti-Blackness that viciously pervade US institutions.

Haitian migrants need humanitarian aid and support at the border, not unlawful expulsions back to a country in crisis. The Biden Administration’s continued use of Trump-era Title 42 as justification for continued mass deportation of asylum seekers is not only cruel, but also contrary to the United States’ obligations under international law.

We, as a coalition of labor, migration, civil rights, and anti-trafficking organizations that advocate for a value-based approach to migration, urge President Biden to put an end to the brutal behavior toward the Haitian migrants at our border and to prioritize a human rights perspective in all its immigration policies. We stand in solidarity with those affected by these backward policies and demand the Biden Administration immediately stop deportations and unlawful detentions of Haitian migrants and their families.


About Migration that Works

Migration that Works is a coalition of labor, migration, civil rights, anti-trafficking organizations and academics advancing a labor migration model that respects the human rights of workers, families and communities and reflects their voices and experiences. Founded in 2011 as the International Labor Recruitment Working Group (ILRWG), Migration that Works is the first coordinated effort to strategically address worker rights abuses across industries and visa categories. For more information, contact Mari Perales Sánchez,, or visit

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