Haitian migrant families wait in front of the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance to request refuge in Mexico. – Mexico City, Mexico – September 23, 2021 (Shutterstock)
Eleven Haitian asylum seekers, along with the nonprofit organizations Justice Action Center and Innovation Law Lab, brought a federal class action lawsuit against the Biden administration. They allege racist and abusive treatment of Haitian migrants living in a border encampment in Del Rio, Texas, back in September, and a violation of their statutory and constitutional rights. The plaintiffs are requesting the return of thousands of Haitians expelled by the Biden administration from the Del Rio encampment since September so they can pursue their asylum claims in the United States. The lawsuit challenges Title 42, the public health order used to rapidly expel migrants.