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Six Month Anniversary Del Rio report Details a Living Legacy of Anti-Haitian Discrimination in U.S. Immigration System

March 29, 2022Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–Six months after photos revealed mounted Border Patrol agents chasing and grabbing Haitian migrants to prevent them from bringing food to their families, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Haitian Bridge Alliance have released a new report unveiling the full scope of the abuses that occurred in Del Rio, Texas, and in some cases are ongoing.

The joint report presents first-hand testimony of 43 Haitian and other survivors who were trapped by U.S. immigration officials in a makeshift encampment under the Del Rio International Bridge, subjected to violence, racial slurs and intimidation, and denied sufficient access to food, water, and medical care.

“The Del Rio crisis is a moment of national reckoning,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “Fathers, mothers, and children who risked everything because of their belief in the promise and compassion of America were met instead with extreme militarization, brutal violence, hostility, and racism. The U.S. government must be held accountable for its actions depriving thousands of the opportunity to apply for asylum and violating international law. We must end Title 42 and the deportation of Haitian asylum seekers immediately.”

Haitian Bridge Alliance v. Biden, a pending federal class action lawsuit, asserts that the