Border questions are always framed as Biden is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t, i.e. he either has the assumed both-negative outcomes of *more arriving migrants* or *being a human rights abuser.* It’s time to rethink the border. Abusing migrants should never be an option.
The US should not have as it’s only metric the number of arriving asylum seekers. Why doesn’t the US measure how many people are killed or harmed by its border policies? In the desert, as the result of being expelled or returned to Mexico or country of abuse, by family separation
Also, BIDEN is not the one damned either way by his policy choices. The asylum seekers returned to likely death, torture, rape, assault, etc., are. The people held in abusive border jails are. The US should be putting their needs first of all in any policy choices.

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The DR is building a border wall between itself and Haiti. Securitized borders there are an import from the US Border Patrol, part of an initiative to "fight terror." In truth, it is another effort to externalize migration, to force refugees to stay in their countries of abuse 1/
Context: Haiti is in the midst of a political uprising and pandemic. Despite both of these facts, the US has continued to deport and illegally expel (with no screening for fear of return) Haitian nationals, including children. It continued to do so during #BlackHistoryMonth. 2/
Some of the conditions that exist in Haiti today are related to the US' support for father and son dictators in Haiti. Also, DR dictator Rafael Trujillo, who first trained with the US military, ordered the Parsley Massacre where tens of thousands of Haitians were slaughtered. 3/
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A horrifying report from the Government Office of Accountability (@USGAO) on two secretive and abusive DHS programs at the US-Mexico border. Before the analysis, a reminder that neither @POTUS nor DHS secretary nominee @AliMayorkas have agreed to end them.…
Very troubling to see the stunning lack of context on the length and conditions of detention from @USGAO. @CBP held asylum seekers in unsanitary, punitive conditions well beyond the 72-hour limit. GAO also takes for granted certain false or misleading assertions by DHS.
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Some things to keep in mind ahead of @DHS_Wolf's nomination hearing tomorrow before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:
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2) He was previously caught blatantly lying about that fact to this very same committee 1/
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4) Wolf was illegally appointed and has been serving illegally.
5) He deployed DHS resources against US protestors exercising their right to free speech. Peaceful protesters were abducted in unmarked vehicles, taken to an unknown location, interrogated, and detained w/o charges.
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The @DHSgov justification for turning away asylum seekers at the US-MX border is ludicrous. First of all, asylum seekers do not "need" to be held in congregate settings, and in fact should generally not be detained, per international law the US has signed.…
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I have been sick for 9 days now. I’m still waiting on the test results but am currently presumed positive for #COVIDー19. I cannot imagine dealing with this while living in one of the makeshift camps or shelters along the border, and I don’t even have much respiratory distress.
The US must end MPP and immediately parole asylum seekers into the US so they can be #SafeandTogether with their families.
Thanks all! 🖤🖤🖤 I’ll likely be OK. I only said something because if the US doesn’t start paroling people in, outbreaks in these spaces are inevitable, and I honestly cannot fathom feeling like this and not being safe and cozy in my room with healthcare access, support, etc.
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The MPP program forced thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers to remain in Mexico, where @hrw and others have documented not only a grave risk of violence but a serious lack of access to resources, including healthcare. #COVID19 could be deadly. 1/
The Trump administration has wisely decided to begin shutting down and postponing immigration court for migrants who are not detained (non-detained). This allows people to stay home and work toward #flatteningthecurve. So why did people in MPP have to go to court today?
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