Urgent Action: STOP U.S. ABUSES AGAINST HAITIAN PEOPLE (USA: UA 99.21)

September 23, 2021

Thousands of Haitians are traveling to the US-Mexico border to seek asylum in the U.S., with many settling in camps after being denied entry. The US government is responding with human rights violations and violence, including deportations of thousands to Haiti. These deportations put Haitians at risk of violence, being unhoused, and even death as Haiti is in the midst of political, economic, and environmental crises. Media has documented US border authorities abusing and taunting Haitians while riding on horses and brandishing whips. Call on US authorities to end deportations and respect the human right to seek asylum.

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TAKE ACTION:

  1. Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on November 18, 2021.
  2. Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
  3. Click here to let us know the actions you took on Urgent Action 99.21. It’s important to report because we share the total number with the officials we are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.

CONTACT INFORMATION

President Joseph Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500, USA
Twitter: @POTUS
Facebook: @POTUS
webform: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

 


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear President Biden,

I’m writing with deep disappointment about the horrific use of excess use of force at the hands of US border authorities against Haitians and Black asylum-seekers at the US-Mexico border and the Biden administration’s aggressive expansion of Title 42 expulsions. The cruelty, racism, and oppression against migrants and asylum-seekers at the border cannot go unanswered.

If the U.S. truly aims to convince the world that its commitment to human rights and racial justice are sincere, then it cannot deny asylum and deport thousands of people who fear for their safety back to a country experiencing extreme instability and massive human rights violations.

I call on the Biden administration to:

  • Immediately halt any and all deportations to Haiti;
  • Immediately grant humanitarian parole to Haitians at the southern border, and restore access to asylum for all asylum; seekers in accordance with international law; and
  • Immediately end Title 42 expulsions.

Images from the airport tarmacs in Kabul and Port-au-Price and the camps in Del Rio have been a damning indictment of the US government’s approach to human rights for all. This is your time to reverse course and show leadership. People in the United States and around the world are watching you.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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