Sep 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Schumer: Deportation of Haitian asylum-seekers "defies common sense"

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. arrives for a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol titled Take Action for Puerto Rico September 20, 2021.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer arrives for a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol, Sept.20. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday condemned the Biden administration's deportation of Haitian immigrants, saying the move "defies common sense."

The big picture: The U.S. is deporting the immigrants under the Trump-era Title 42 policy that Schumer called "hateful and xenophobic." The government has used Title 42 to accelerate deportations during the pandemic.

  • The U.S. on Sunday began deportation flights for more than 10,000 immigrants seeking shelter in the Texas border town of Del Rio.
  • The thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers have been temporarily staying in a crowded camp under the bridge that connects Texas and Mexico after crossing the southern border.

Driving the news: "I urge President Biden and [Homeland Security] Secretary Mayorkas to immediately put a stop to these expulsions and to end this Title 42 policy at our southern border," Schumer said on the Senate floor.

  • "I'm told there are four flights scheduled to deport these asylum-seekers back to a country that cannot receive them. Such a decision defies common sense. It also defies common decency and what America is all about," Schumer said.

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