By National Action Network
Calling for Action on Haiti Migrant Crisis
Reverend Al Sharpton and a delegation of religious and faith leaders traveled to Del Rio, Texas on Thursday to tour the encampment of Haitian refugees. The situation that so many of these refugees face is heartbreaking and the delegation called for a fair asylum policy that does not discriminate based on race.
Reverend Sharpton called on the Biden administration to immediately halt deportation of the more than 12,000 migrants who have set up camps and called for “accountability” surrounding the actions of US Customs and Border Protection agents in Del Rio, who aggressively confronted the migrants on horseback.
“What is going on here is a crisis that everyone concerned with human rights or civil rights should be dealing with,” said Reverend Sharpton. “The fact is, the deportation flights should cease immediately, and asylum should be granted to those that are certainly qualified for asylum.”
Reverend Sharpton added: “If you come from a nation where the president has been assassinated in the last 60 days, followed by an earthquake, followed by a hurricane, I don’t know how you can more qualify for asylum than that,” he said.
Reverend Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, former Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, Reverend Dr. Freddie Haynes, Jennifer Jones Austin and Jonathan Jackson of Rainbow-Push Coalition, were part of the national delegation.
National Action Network will continue to work with the Congressional Black Caucus and other civil rights organizations to push for swift action.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Reverend Sharpton said that President Biden has to intervene.
“He said on election night: Black America, you had my back, I’ll have yours,” said Reverend Sharpton. “Well, we’re being stabbed in the back, Mr. President. We need you to stop the stabbing—from Haiti to Harlem.”
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