Sep 21, 2021
Chuck Schumer Addresses Haitian Asylum Seekers Speech Transcript
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer addressed the influx of Haitian migrants at the southern border during a speech on the Senate floor on September 21. Read the transcript of his speech remarks here.
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Chuck Schumer: (00:00)
Finally, on Haiti. Mr. President, we’ve all seen these horrible images coming from our Southern border as Haitian asylum seekers simply looking to escape tyranny and the problems that they have sought have been met at our doorstep with unimaginable dignity. Images of Haitian migrants being hit with whips and other forms of physical violence is completely unacceptable. This behavior must be addressed and we must provide accountability. The images turn your stomach. It must be stopped, this kind of violence. Right now, I’m told there were four flights scheduled to deport these asylum seekers back to a country that cannot receive them. Such a decision defies common sense. It also defies common decency and what America is all about. Remember that harbor, that lady in the harbor in the city in which I live.
Chuck Schumer: (01:00)
So I urge president Biden and Secretary Mayorkas to immediately put a stop to these expulsions and to end this Title 42 policy at our Southern border, that we cannot continue these hateful and xenophobic Trump policies that disregard our refugee laws. We must allow the asylum seekers to present their claims at our ports of entry and be afforded due process. I commit to work with this administration to provide resources so that we can establish safe, orderly, humane processes for those seeking protections. Again, the policies that are being enacted now and the horrible treatment of these innocent people who have come to the border must stop immediately. I yield the floor. I don’t yield the floor. I have one more bit of business. Mr. President, I understand there’s a bill at the desk that is due for a second reading.