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Miami activists defend Haitian refugees seeking asylum in the United States


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida – Miami-Dade County activists gathered on Friday to announce they are calling on President Joe Biden’s administration to help Haitian refugees rushing to the US border.

Haiti’s humanitarian crisis during the coronavirus pandemic follows the earthquake and political instability following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

Thousands of migrants wait to seek asylum in Del Rio, Texas. To stay safe from the scorching heat, they camped under the international bridge.

“These people are waiting to be detained. said the mayor of Del Rio, Bruno Lozano.

Leroy Jones, a senior Circle of Brotherhood organizer, said some of the refugees had to sleep outside without shelter, medical supplies, water or food.

“The United States is the most powerful nation in the world; he can do whatever he wants – start by letting them in, ”said Marleine Bastien, executive director of the Family Action Network Movement.

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The US border patrol is outnumbered and detention centers are at full capacity. Officials said it could take 10 to 14 days before these migrants are processed.

A group of Democrats sent a letter to the Biden administration asking to stop deportations to Haiti. Haitians who have been granted temporary protection status will be protected for 18 months from May.

“The ability of the Haitian government to receive its citizens safely will take months, if not years, to secure,” lawmakers wrote.

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