I’ve been happy to praise the Biden administration when it has deserved it. But it’s immigration policy truly is barely better than that of Donald Trump and Stephen Miller. What is happening to Haitian refugees is absolutely disgraceful and this will be a central part of Biden’s legacy. Government officials should resign in protest, which is what is now happening.
A senior American diplomat who oversees Haiti policy has resigned, two U.S. officials said, submitting a letter to the State Department that excoriated the Biden administration’s “inhumane, counterproductive decision” to send Haitian migrants back to a country that has been wracked this summer by a deadly earthquake and political turmoil.
The diplomat, Daniel Foote, was appointed special envoy to Haiti in July, just weeks after President Jovenel Moïse was killed in his bedroom during a nighttime raid on his residence. Mr. Foote, a former ambassador to Zambia and acting assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, did not respond to messages for comment on Thursday morning.
In his stinging resignation letter, dated Wednesday, Mr. Foote criticized the Biden administration for deporting some of the thousands of the Haitian migrants who had traveled to the Texas border from Mexico and Central America in recent days.
“I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life,” Mr. Foote wrote in the letter, which was first reported by PBS NewsHour. Its authenticity was confirmed by a senior State Department official and a congressional official.
It seems quite clear that Joe Biden simply doesn’t care about immigrants. At the very least, part of Biden’s deal is that he’s supposed to be a nice guy. But he’s not a nice guy when it comes to the most desperate people trying to enter the United States. I also struggle to see how this makes any sense politically. Those who hate immigrants already aren’t voting for Democrats. I grant that the politics in the Rio Grande Valley around these issues are a lot more complex than most Democrats understand and that a lot of the Mexican-American population there don’t actually want more immigrants, especially since so many of them come from nations they think of as lesser than Mexicans–Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti. But in terms of a national political coalition, who is such actions serving?