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Haiti deportations justified because of Covid, Biden homeland secretary says

Added 09-26-21 01:09:01pm EST - “As pressure remains over events at Texas border, Alejandro Mayorkas promises investigation of use of horses to round up migrants” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Haiti deportations justified because of Covid, Biden homeland secretary says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US homeland security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, on Sunday defended the Biden administration’s decision to send thousands of Haitians to a home country they fled because of natural disasters and political turmoil.

Mayorkas told NBC’s Meet the Press the removals were justified because of the coronavirus pandemic, a point disputed by advocates and public health experts.

“The Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention, or CDC] has a Title 42 authority that we exercise to protect the migrants themselves, to protect the local communities, our personnel and the American public,” Mayorkas said.

Since Donald Trump’s administration implemented Title 42 in March 2020, advocates and dozens of public health experts have called for its end.

Under Title 42, people who attempt to cross the border are returned to Mexico or deported to their home countries without an opportunity to test asylum claims.

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