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Over 300,000 immigrants were deported in Biden's first 100 days -- a rate
of deportations higher than any period under the openly anti-immigrant
Donald Trump or under the "Deporter-in-Chief," Barack
The deportation machine of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues unabated. ICE and CBP defied
Biden's 100-day moratorium on deportations.
Predictably, these agencies targeted Black and Latino immigrants for
Biden partially rescinded Trump's "Return to Mexico" policy for asylum
seekers, but only for Latin Americans. Reflecting the longstanding
anti-Black racism of US immigration policies, Haitians and Africans were
Black people have been flown by ICE without due process of their asylum
requests to countries like Haiti, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of
the Congo where the political violence means they may face death.
More Haitians were deported to Haiti in Biden's first 100 days than in the
last year of the Trump administration.
Biden has the legal authority to bring ICE and CBP into compliance with the
law and his administration's policies. These rogue agencies' unions and
members campaigned in uniform for Trump in open defiance the Hatch Act. ICE
and CBP must be dismantled and replaced with a new agency that will uphold
But Biden shows no appetite for that fight.
Instead, Biden submitted a moderate immigration bill to Congress on his
first day in office, the U.S. Citizenship Act, which would leave ICE and
CBP in place. It would provide immigrants in the U.S. before
2021 with a path to legal status and, after eight years, to citizenship.
But it reinforces the racial biases in the criminal justice and national
security systems toward Black, Latino, Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern,
and South Asian people, who remain targeted for criminal and national
security surveillance, discrimination, and arrest that would render them
ineligible for legal status and citizenship.
In any case, if the Democrats in the U.S. Senate don't eliminate the
filibuster, no immigration reform will happen. 800,000 Dreamers and more
than 20 million undocumented immigrants will continue to live
their lives in constant fear of deportation.
Meanwhile, Biden has continued Trump's "Title 42" public health authority
to immediately expel people seeking asylum without due process.
The only exception is allowing the entry of unaccompanied minors, tens of
thousands of whom are now stuck in some 200 facilities across two dozen
states. Most of these detentions centers are unlicensed and riddled with
neglect, abuse, covid, lice, and failure to help connect children with
their families or vetted care providers.
While Biden has said he will not build more border wall, his administration
is in the courts pursuing eminent domain proceedings that were initiated by
the Trump administration against landowners at the border where more wall
could be built.
Nor has Biden stopped the policy of co-opting local police into federal
immigration enforcement, which has made racial profiling worse and
undermined the trust and cooperation of immigrant communities
with local police in solving crimes.
The rule-or-ruin intransigence of the Republicans make them irrelevant to
immigration reform--or any other reform. The Democrats in control of both
houses of Congress and presidency are negotiating with themselves. They may
try to blame the Republicans, but it is the Democrats who could but will
not eliminate the filibuster by a simple majority vote in the Senate.
That is why we need the Green Party now more than ever.
We are working to help Greens build that alternative and advance the agenda
we advocated during the presidential campaign, from immigration reform and
student debt relief to Medicare for All and the Ecosocialist Green New
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