World ‘The View’ Trashes Biden’s Treatment of Haitian Migrants: ‘So Very Disappointed’
10,000 migrants, many Haitian, packed under Texas bridge
More than 10,000 undocumented migrants, many of them Haitians, were being held under a bridge in Texas on Friday, US officials said, piling new pressure on President Joe Biden's immigration policy. Bruno Lozano, the mayor of Del Rio on the US-Mexico border, said that the migrants were crowded in an area controlled by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) beneath the Del Rio International Bridge. Many of them were Haitians hoping to stay in the United States as their country suffers after a large earthquake and continuing political turmoil, Lozano said.
Deviating from their usual Biden boosting on Tuesday, the hosts of The View expressed how “disappointed” they were in the president’s handling of the thousands of Haitian migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
While the White House has predictably been criticized by conservatives for its response to a surge of migrants at the southern border,for working to the asylum-seeking refugees. On top of that, the White House was of Border Patrol agents on horseback seemingly whipping Haitian migrants with reins as they attempted to cross the Texas border.
US to step up 'removal flights' for migrants stranded at Texas bridge
The United States said Saturday it would step up the number of so-called "removal flights" for thousands of migrants who flooded into the Texas border city of Del Rio, in a bid to alleviate a burgeoning crisis for President Joe Biden's administration. The migrants who poured into the city, many of them Haitian, were being held in an area controlled by US Customs and Border Protection beneath the Del Rio International Bridge, which carries traffic across the Rio Grande river into Mexico.
“Now Haiti was just ravaged by an earthquake, and the [Haitian] president’s assassination has left the country in chaos, but the president is still flying migrants back there,”lamented to The View panel on Tuesday. “Is this beyond an immigration issue? Is it a full-blown human rights crisis? If it is, why aren't we treating it like one?”
Former Republican presidential candidate—serving as the show’s resident conservative guest-host in the wake of —wondered why the Biden administration seemingly wasn’t ready to handle the situation.
“Why aren’t you talking about Haiti? Why aren’t you doing anything to help Haiti?” Fiorina exclaimed. “Why weren’t you prepared for this? This shouldn’t be a surprise. An earthquake, a coup, a pandemic.”
Trump. Biden. It’s All the Same for Haitians Getting Booted From Texas
The Trump administration called them “aliens.” The Biden administration calls them “irregular migrants.” But for the crush of thousands of Haitian migrants at a crossing along the Rio Grande, changes in presidential administration and bureaucratic rhetoric have still left policies for those seeking safe haven at the U.S.-Mexico border unchanged: cramped and dangerous encampments at border crossing sites; perfunctory processing of asylum claims; and, almost invariably, swift removal from the United States.
She added: “Of course, people are leaving. Why is it a shock that 15,000 people show up at the border? We’ve got to help them where they are. And the administration should have been I think better prepared, and I wish they would talk about it.”
Co-host, meanwhile, suggested that the “reason we’re not seeing more help” for the Haitian migrants is “because they’re Haitian,” adding that the country of Haiti and its people have been demonized for a long time. She also questioned why the White House had committed to taking in tens of thousands of Afghan refugees while quickly deporting Haitians.
“I’m not saying they shouldn’t be brought here because they should be, right?” Hostin rhetorically asked. “That is the promise of this country, but if you can bring 95,000 Afghans here, why are you sending 86 Haitians back on an airplane to a country that has been devastated?”
She further noted that the White House was largely relying on Title 42—a public health law the Trump administration began relying on last year to turn away asylum-seeking migrants at the border. While Biden promised a more humane immigration approach when entering office, his administration has continued to use Title 42 to justify mass deportations.
'We're desperate': Haitian migrants' hopes fade at US border
Clinging to ropes, some carrying children on their shoulders, Haitian migrants stranded at the US border cross the Rio Grande back into Mexico in search of food, water or medical treatment. With US authorities deporting planeloads of Haitians back to their crisis-wracked country from Texas, the migrants' fears that their long and treacherous journey was in vain are mounting. "We're desperate," said 28-year-old Maximil Marcadieu, who spent nearly two months traveling from Chile where he was living, only to find himself stuck with thousands of others in a dusty camp under a bridge.
Hostin’s colleague Sara Haines also expressed disgust over the images of the Border Patrol agents, insisting that the way they’ve treated Haitian migrants is “what you do if an animal were infesting your yard.”
“The way people are being treated on that to me is absolutely more disturbing and a little bit more hopeless than I want to feel about this,” Haines added.
Ultimately, Hostin argued, the Biden administration sending Haitian refugees back to Haiti violated international law. United Nations protocols prohibit countries from sending migrants back to their home countries when they have fears for their life, she said.
“And what other life-threatening fear can you have other than an earthquake, a coup, lack of food, lack of water?” Hostin explained. “I mean, it fits the bill, and so I, you know, I’m so disappointed. So disappointed in the Biden administration today. So very disappointed.”
For Haitian migrants, Mexican reality replaces US dream .
The American dream is fading for Haitian migrants confronted with the harsh reality at the US border with Mexico, where some are considering staying and getting a job to survive instead. Tapachula, located near the border with Guatemala, is already crammed with tens of thousands of Central Americans and Haitians. Many of the Haitians had been living in Chile and Brazil, which gave them refuge after the 2010 earthquake that left around 200,000 people dead in their country.