Frederica Wilson rails against Haitian deportation flights, calls treatment ‘inhumane’

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) on Thursday called on the Biden administration to immediately end the deportations of Haitian migrants gathered at the southern border, arguing that it is “inhumane” to send people back to a country “in tatters.” 

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Wilson, who along with New York Democratic Reps. Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries represents the largest Haitian populations among Congressional Black Caucus members, argued that “Haiti is not a country that’s in a condition of receiving deportees.” 

“We have to face that reality,” she said, citing political instability following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, as well as difficulties recovering following last month’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake and subsequent storms that have hit the island nation. 

“There is no need to deport Haitians to Haiti,” she continued. “That’s inhumane.” 

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