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Twelve deportation flights to Haiti between February 1 and 15, 2021 from the United States

There has been an increase in deportation flights to Haiti from the United States of America so far for the year 2021.

Of the 71 United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Control (ICE) deportation flights to 10 Latin American and Caribbean countries, a total of 12 flights have landed in Haiti while the Dominican Republic recorded only one deportation flight during the period.

More than 500 Haitian immigrants have been expelled by the DHS and ICE during the first two weeks of February. Deportees allegedly did not have the possibility to seek political asylum.

In protest against the wave of deportation, the Family Action Network Movement (FANM) has started an active campaign on social networks to challenge key US officials such as President Biden himself, the Secretary of Security Interior Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about the spike in deportation and the human rights of Haitian nationals. President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021.

The FANM posted on their social media page that, “the kidnappings and murders in Haiti have made it unlivable for the majority of its population and has invited internet users to join it in supporting the Haitian people at 10 a.m. in front of the citizenship and United States Immigration (USCIS) in Miami on February 20.

Between February 1 and 15, ICE has already operated 12 return flights to Haiti. With the exception of October 2020, with 12 flights, all other months of the past year together recorded 2 flights per month.

Contribution by Le Nouvelistte

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