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Record #: R2021-1121   
Type: Resolution Status: Introduced
Intro date: 10/14/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Final action:
Title: Call for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to provide full accounting of brutality inflicted on Haitian migrants by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and call on President Joseph Biden to develop and implement more enhanced humanitarian immigration policy
Sponsors: Sawyer, Roderick T., Ervin, Jason C., Hadden, Maria E. , King, Sophia D., Hairston, Leslie A., Mitchell, Gregory I., Taliaferro, Chris, Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Curtis, Derrick G., Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Waguespack, Scott, Nugent, Samantha , Dowell, Pat, Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Reboyras, Ariel
Attachments: 1. R2021-1121.pdf


WHEREAS, since the landing of Christopher Columbus on the westernmost pait ofthe largest Caribbean archipelago in the country known today us Haiti, both its natives and the subsequently transplanted African population have known constant poverty, forced child labor, and hunger struggles; and

WHEREAS, three centuries, of Spanish and French colonization spawned 15 years of populist uprisings starting in 1789 and destroying much of Haiti's agricultural resources and infrastructure. On December 4, 1803. French forces surrender which led to a disastrous civil war that ended in 1820; and

WHEREAS the continuation ofsuch deplorable conditions has been brought about not only by colonization, slavery, and corrupt governance but also natural disasters such as constantly recurring major earthquakes and hurricanes. Beside chronic governmental coupes and ruthless and corrupt dictatorships (hat created so much civil uniest, the global warming phenomena is exacerbating the size and strength of its weathcr-ielated disasters. This has led to a chtonic mass exodus of Haitians seeking refuge anywhere they could; and

WHEREAS In July 2021, Haitian President Jovcncl MoTse was assassinated at his home, leaving the country in political turmoil. Within the following month, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, leading to more than 1,400 deaths. However, the current wave of asylum seekers appears lo have been on the move since the last calamitous earthquake in 2010. Some had initially migrated to Brazil but conditions, especially after the economic downturn and other crises in that country, were such that they couldn't stay there. Their next stop was Chile where they weren't welcomed either and sometimes faced a harrowing journey through jungles and across borders into countries like Guatemala; and

WHEREAS on immense immigration detention facility in southern Mexico holds people who've crossed the border from Guatemala. From there th...

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