[***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***]
September 27th, 2021
Washington, D.C.—The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) issued the following statement following multiple deportation flights to Haiti and horrific images of assaults on Haitian migrants at the border.
NCAPA condemns the abuse of Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and the ongoing deportations of Haitians. More than 2,000 Haitians have been deported by the Biden Administration and authorities are preparing to accelerate deportations against the wishes of these refugees seeking a new life in the United States. Furthermore, the images of U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers aggressively attacking Haitian refugees is not only disturbing, but also compromises our country’s long history of championing human rights. We call for the humane treatment of Haitian refugees as they have faced numerous crises and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
The United States promises to be a nation of asylum and refuge. NCAPA calls upon the Biden Administration to honor the promise that no matter the challenge, we will not abandon those in their time of greatest need. Furthermore, we call on the Administration to respect Haitian refugees and treat them with dignity and respect during these already difficult times in their lives.
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 38 national Asian Pacific American organizations that serves to represent the interests of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns. Our communities are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, currently making up approximately six percent of the population.