Deviating from their standard Biden boosting on Tuesday, the hosts of The View expressed how “disenchanted” they had been within the president’s dealing with of the 1000’s of Haitian migrants looking for asylum on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Whereas the White Home has predictably been criticized by conservatives for its response to a surge of migrants on the southern border, progressives and immigrant advocacy groups have also slammed the administration for working to swiftly deport the asylum-seeking refugees. On high of that, the White Home was also forced to address the “horrific” images of Border Patrol brokers on horseback seemingly whipping Haitian migrants with reins as they tried to cross the Texas border.
“Now Haiti was simply ravaged by an earthquake, and the [Haitian] president’s assassination has left the nation in chaos, however the president remains to be flying migrants again there,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg lamented to The View panel on Tuesday. “Is that this past an immigration challenge? Is it a full-blown human rights disaster? Whether it is, why aren’t we treating it like one?”
Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina—serving because the present’s resident conservative guest-host within the wake of Meghan McCain’s departure—puzzled why the Biden administration seemingly wasn’t able to deal with the state of affairs.
“Why aren’t you speaking about Haiti? Why aren’t you doing something to assist Haiti?” Fiorina exclaimed. “Why weren’t you ready for this? This shouldn’t be a shock. An earthquake, a coup, a pandemic.”
She added: “In fact, individuals are leaving. Why is it a shock that 15,000 folks present up on the border? We’ve bought to assist them the place they’re. And the administration ought to have been I believe higher ready, and I want they’d speak about it.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin, in the meantime, urged that the “purpose we’re not seeing extra assist” for the Haitian migrants is “as a result of they’re Haitian,” including that the nation of Haiti and its folks have been demonized for a very long time. She additionally questioned why the White Home had dedicated to taking in tens of 1000’s of Afghan refugees whereas rapidly deporting Haitians.
“I’m not saying they shouldn’t be introduced right here as a result of they need to be, proper?” Hostin rhetorically requested. “That’s the promise of this nation, however for those who can convey 95,000 Afghans right here, why are you sending 86 Haitians again on an airplane to a rustic that has been devastated?”
She additional famous that the White Home was largely counting on Title 42—a public well being legislation the Trump administration started counting on final 12 months to show away asylum-seeking migrants on the border. Whereas Biden promised a extra humane immigration strategy when coming into workplace, his administration has continued to make use of Title 42 to justify mass deportations.
Hostin’s colleague Sara Haines additionally expressed disgust over the pictures of the Border Patrol brokers, insisting that the way in which they’ve handled Haitian migrants is “what you do if an animal had been infesting your yard.”
“The way in which individuals are being handled on that to me is completely extra disturbing and just a little bit extra hopeless than I need to really feel about this,” Haines added.
In the end, Hostin argued, the Biden administration sending Haitian refugees again to Haiti violated worldwide legislation. United Nations protocols prohibit international locations from sending migrants again to their house international locations after they have fears for his or her life, she mentioned.
“And what different life-threatening worry can you’ve aside from an earthquake, a coup, lack of meals, lack of water?” Hostin defined. “I imply, it suits the invoice, and so I, you realize, I’m so disenchanted. So disenchanted within the Biden administration right this moment. So very disenchanted.”