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A U.S. Border Patrol agent on horseback tries to stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Tex., on Sept. 19. (Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. violated international human rights laws and displayed anti-Black discriminatory practices in its treatment of Haitians at the Del Rio border last year, an Amnesty International report released yesterday said.

The research found that the Haitians’ harms were rooted in a combination of anti-Black discrimination and nationality-based discrimination, according to authors at the global human rights nonprofit. 

The report, “They Did Not Treat Us Like People,” researched the events investigated in July by the Biden administration but, unlike that investigation, interviewed Haitians who were in the migrant encampment. Those 24 interviewees, all deportees, said they were returned to Haiti by plane in handcuffs and shackles and many were chained in front of their children.  


Amnesty International researches events at Del Rio, Texas one year ago to find human rights abused by Border Control under admin of Pres. Biden.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.