March 25, 2021
The Haitian Bridge Alliance, the Quixote Center and UndocuBlack have written this Report to offer the voices and hardships of Haitian migrants, mostly families, who have been expelled under the Title 42 policy. The Report provides the narratives of seven Haitian families who were apprehended at the U.S. Mexico border within the last year and were subject to expulsion to Haiti or Mexico under the Title 42 policy. Two additional narratives are included of Haitians who entered the United States before March 2020, but who were recently removed. This Report shows how Haitian migrants flee violence, instability and persecution in Haiti, travel a long and treacherous journey to the U.S.-Mexico border seeking safety and security in the United States, only to be abused by ICE and CBP officers and - under the Title 42 policy - summarily expelled back to the country they fled without even access to a lawyer or the opportunity to seek asylum or other protection.The authors offer nine recommendations, first and foremost, that the Title 42 policy be revoked immediately. Other recommendations include that ICE and CBP follow public health experts' advice by adopting a wide range of safety measures to mitigate public health risks to border agents. Lastly, the authors recommend that asylum processing be resumed while releasing migrants to shelter in place with their loved ones in the United States rather than detaining them.