As the Biden administration scrambles to handle hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants pouring over the southern border each month, including a camp of more than 10,000 Haitian refugees in Texas, one member of the Squad says “systemic racism” is at fault.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said the U.S. is “obviously” racist for the “systemic racism” keeping the refugees from entering the country immediately.
“When it comes to our immigration policy for so many years, cruelty has been very much embedded in it,” Rep. Omar said on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” during an interview. “There is obviously systemic racism at play here. We’ve seen people come to the border, and the fact we’re dealing with mainly Black migrants and Black immigrants and asylum seekers at our border in this kind of way, really speaks to the kind of racism, systemic racism that is embedded in that department and all the departments that deal with our immigration policy.”
She also said that Haiti is a poor nation, and it’s all the America’s fault.
“We have also contributed to that,” she said. “Generations of Haitians have experienced American policy that has contributed to their starvation, to the criminalization that they are dealing with, and to the inhumane policies that continue to destroy the lives of Haitians. So not only do we owe Haitians the right thing of allowing them to seek asylum here, but we also owe them the kind of policies that would allow for them to dictate the ways in which they want to run their country.”
DHS Secretayr Alejandro Mayorkas visited the southern border this week, and has now called in the military to help.
“The Biden Administration has reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey,” DHS said in a statement. “Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion. Irregular migration poses a significant threat to the health and welfare of border communities and to the lives of migrants themselves, and should not be attempted.”