Prominent Pastor 'Outraged' over Biden Administration's Treatment of Haitian Migrants

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Thursday, September 23, 2021
Prominent Pastor 'Outraged' over Biden Administration's Treatment of Haitian Migrants

Prominent Pastor 'Outraged' over Biden Administration's Treatment of Haitian Migrants

Megachurch Pastor Jamal Bryant, who also serves as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, says he is "outraged" at how President Joe Biden's administration has handled the border crisis with Haitian migrants.

In recent weeks, more than 15,000 Haitian migrants have illegally crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Del Rio, Texas. The influx of migrants has created problems for U.S. Border Patrol, and recent images taken at the border show agents trying to keep migrants from entering the U.S.

"I'm beyond outraged at #america treatment of #haiti refugees. @joebiden must address this affront against humanity. I'm calling on @congressionalblackcaucus to go inspect this camp immediately! The faith community must lift its voice!" Pastor Bryant wrote in a Facebook post published Tuesday.

Brandon Judd, the head of the National Border Patrol Council, said he believes that some of the migrants living under the International Bridge in Del Rio are being treated "inhumanely."

"You tell me, does this look like it's humane right here?" he added. "This looks like a warzone refugee camp. That's what this looks like. And if anybody says that this is humane, I would love for them to come and explain to me how this, right here, is humane."

According to The Christian Post, the number of migrants at the border in Del Rio is about 15,000. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun repatriating some of those people.

"We have reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey," said Marsha Espinosa, assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Homeland Security.

Another official told Reuters that 4,000 migrants have been taken to detention centers, and more than 500 have been deported back to Haiti.

About a month ago, the U.S. Department of State issued a do not travel advisory to Haiti "due to kidnapping, crime, civil unrest and COVID-19." In July, the country's president was assassinated.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.