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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Speaks on Haiti at CBC Press Conference

September 22, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), 2nd Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), joined her CBC colleagues at a press conference to speak out against the inhumane treatment of Haitian migrants at the United States southern border.

A transcript of Rep. Lawrence’s remarks can be found below:

“I cannot be silent over the horrific treatment of my Black-skinned Haitian immigrants in Del Rio. Watching these videos reminded me and put my stomach in knots, of the stories of history, the vivid picture, that show how Black people were treated differently. Inhumane. And to see horses, herding, and whipping at Black people in America. It’s not lost to me that I sit on the House Appropriations Committee, and on that committee, we allocate funds to our border patrol to implement a plan to protect and have humanity and compassion for those who seek asylum in our country. This inhumane actions must stop immediately. I appreciate the Administration saying we’re going to investigate. But I don’t want another picture of human beings being treated like animals just because of the color of their skin. When the children were locked up at the border, all of us who are standing here today, we said, ‘Stop it, release these children and treat them humanely.’ The compassion and values of the United States does not stop just because of the color of the skin. For crying out loud, we are talking about human beings, we’re talking about the values of America. We’re talking about the compassion that we want to see every day. As a member of the Black Caucus I will not be silent, as a member of Congress I will not be silent, as a Black woman in America, I will not be silent. This must stop.”

On September 16, Rep. Lawrence joined more than 50 of her House colleagues in sending a letter to the Administration urging them to halt the deportation of Haitian migrants.