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"ICE seized the chance": Defiant company needs to deport black immigrants

“On that first day of Black History Month as a nation recognizes the generations of African Americans who have struggled and continue to fight structural racism, discrimination and violence against black people. An ICE deportation flight to Haiti started this morning, ”said the Haitian Bridge Alliance and the UndocuBlack Network in a statement from Daily Kos. “This deportation, which follows a deportation from January 28 to Jamaica, is the latest in a long history of willful immigration abuse against black women, children, and families seeking shelter and safety in the United States. "

"The audacity to practice such atrocities on the first day of Black History Month is an example of the anti-black sentiment that has always existed among ICE officials," said Patrice Lawrence, co-director of UndocuBlack Network. “ICE seized the opportunity to deport black immigrants to the Caribbean, Central America and countries south of the Sahara, almost immediately after the unjust, unfounded and legally impeccable TRO on the 100-day deportation moratorium was granted. We know that people from Cameroon, Mauritania, Angola, Congo, Haiti and Jamaica are at the top of the list at immediate risk. "

The willful abuses committed by the agency, which has an annual budget of $ 8 billion, seem only to get worse. The Guardian reports that in addition to the deportation flights of black immigrants, interest groups Freedom for Immigrants, Al Otro Lado and Immigrant Rights Lawyers alleged ICE agents continued to torture black asylum seekers and forced them to consent to their own deportation.

"When one pressed my neck with his hands, the other stepped in front of me, pulled my head from above and stretched my neck so that they could easily suppress me," said the Cameroonian asylum seeker "HT". “One climbed on my back. I had great difficulty breathing. This happened for more than two minutes. I gasped for air. I told them, "Please, I can't breathe." I asked her to release me. They said they didn't care; What you need is my fingerprint. "

This is a pattern from ICE, not an outlier. Stakeholders uncovered allegations of torture against black immigrants last fall, and black immigrants overall are at higher risk of abuse and deportation. After the past four years, the agency remains defiant. "Despite a new administration, "the Haitian Bridge Alliance and the UndocuBlack Network continue," ICE continues to use the court-ordered temporary stay in President Joe Biden's deportation moratorium, which is being judged by a judge in Texas extended on January 29th for another 14 days until February 23rd. "

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"ICE officers may grant stays from at their own discretion
Removal and release of people on a case-by-case basis. Still, ICE officers seem to be using the order
as an excuse to speed up deportations, especially to the majority of black countries … "https://t.co/ju0MvpNAm9

– Gabe Ortíz (@ TUSK81), February 3, 2021

Indeed, the New York Times recently reported that agents committed to the previous administration are being said to contravene the new administration's guidelines. The report quotes Stephen Miller, the well-known white supremacist who was the architect of some of the cruelest, most racist and inhuman policies of the previous administration, as claiming that the Biden administration "will not be able" to get DHS officials into action to change their ingrained beliefs. They will make it painfully clear to politicians what the consequences of this will be if their advice is not followed. "

But Stephen can no longer set the agenda. After the announcement of its official nomination last year, the newly confirmed Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas said: “When I was very young, the United States was a haven for my family and me. I have now been named DHS secretary overseeing the protection of all Americans and those fleeing persecution to find better lives for themselves and their loved ones. “He can put these words into action by firing rogue agents who defy orders and stopping deportation flights. In a new letter, 120 legal experts said he had absolute discretion to do so.

"That has to stop" Haitian Bridge Alliance and UndocuBlack Network said. "Positive and meaningful steps must now be taken to ensure that every single ICE and CBP officer understands that it is a new day and that they are held accountable for continuing the cruelty of previous administrations. "

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