Jim Acosta on refugee ‘contradiction’: ‘Welcoming Afghans, but sending Haitians back’

"Is there a contradiction?" Acosta asked DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas how the United States dealt with refugees.
CNN host Jim Acosta uniquely challenged US immigration policy this weekend when he interviewed Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security.
Acosta told Mayorkas on Sunday that America has taken in at least 50,000 Afghans who supported the US war effort in their homeland but sent Haitian refugees back.
“We welcome Afghans, but we are sending Haitians back. Is there a contradiction? ”Asked Acosta, as reported by Newsweek.
“Not at all,” replied Mayorkas, the first Latino and first immigrant to be confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security. “These two processes are quite different. We bring in Afghan nationals by air after they have been screened and screened. It is a safe, orderly and humane process. "
CNN host Jim Acosta (left) questioned US immigration policy in a unique way this weekend when he interviewed Alejandro Mayorkas (right), secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security. (Photo: CNN)
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"This is very different," he claimed, "than irregular migration, illegal entry between ports of entry at a time of pandemic when we have been saying very clearly for months that this is not the way to reach the United States." . And it won't work. "
President Joe Biden's administration is accelerating the deportation of Haitians with increased flights from Del Rio, Texas. The Associated Press reports that up to eight flights a day are departing to send migrants back to the Caribbean country grappling with natural disasters and political unrest.
Mayorkas confirmed that he will travel to Del Rio, where thousands of Haitian migrants are camping, to assess the situation.
The Afghan refugees who came to our shores supported the US war effort, Mayorkas said.
“This is us as a country. We stand up for the people who stood up for us, ”he said. “We offer refuge to people who have supported us in the fight in Afghanistan. We offer shelter to vulnerable women, journalists and young children. "
"This is one of our greatest traditions as a country," Mayorkas told Acosta. “We have promised these people help and we deliver it. And we deliver it while keeping the American public safe. "
Massachusetts Congressman Ayanna Pressley recently said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch, "That ICE [US Immigration and Customs] will continue to conduct the mass deportations of our Haitian neighbors - with Haiti amid its worst political public health." - and economic crises still - is cruel and callous. "
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