US Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Migrants
In SummaryThe U.S. Special Envoy appointed to assist with promoting peace in Haiti has resigned with a powerfully-worded letter calling the treatment of migrants at the border "inhumane."
The treatment and mass deportation of Haitian migrants at the U.S—Mexico border has caused national outrage, and now the U.S. special envoy to Haiti has resigned.
Daniel Foote was appointed to the role by the State Department in July after Haiti’s president was assassinated. His goal was to engage with partners in Haiti to promote the country’s stability and efforts to hold free and fair elections.
The State Department said Foote would “work with partners to coordinate assistance efforts in several areas, including humanitarian, security and investigative assistance. Additionally, the Special Envoy will engage stakeholders in civil society and the private sector as we pursue Haitian-led solutions to the many pressing challenges facing Haiti.”
According to the Miami Herald, Foote criticized the United States’ treatment of Haitian migrants, calling it “inhumane.” The Special Envoy was known for working in some of the most challenging environments, which made him a top pick for the role by the Biden administration.
In his resignation letter, Foote wrote, “I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the dangers posed by armed gangs in control of daily life.”
He also said interference from other nations in Haiti has negatively affected the country. “This cycle of international political interventions in Haiti has consistently produced catastrophic results,” he wrote. “More negative impacts to Haiti will have calamitous consequences not only in Haiti, but in the U.S. and our neighbors in the hemisphere.”
Many have spoken out about the treatment Haitian migrants faced in Del Rio, Texas. Lawmakers, including the Congressional Black Caucus, have called on the Biden administration to end the mass deportations. The administration is also investigating the way border agents intimidated migrants using horses and reins.