Brooklyn, NY (December 1, 2022) – The Haitian American Caucus vehemently condemns the ongoing mistreatment of Haitian migrants by federal officials, and the lack of action taken by our elected officials to end this inhumane treatment.
In the latest instance of inhumanity in immigration, The Miami Herald recently reported that on Friday, November 25, 2022, a United States Coast Guard cutter returned approximately 190 migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. to Haiti. Among them were 46 children.
The migrants were found aboard a rickety sailboat by a USCG patrol, and many were removed from the vessel under stormy conditions. Eventually, the boat ran aground in Islamorada, FL, and after an exhaustive search, it was believed that all of the migrants were accounted for and in the custody of Border Patrol.
However, the body of a man in gym shorts was found unresponsive floating in the water approximately 150 yards off the coast of Windley Key, FL.
Haiti continues to languish under the ineffective leadership of the Henry government, and suffer the effects of the ongoing gang wars & unrest. We are calling on our partners in elected office to utilize their platforms to take action for the Haitian community. All asylum seekers deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion, and the United States is failing our Haitian compatriots.
For more information on how you can take action and become a member of HAC, we invite you to please visit our website www.hacglobal.org.