More than 26,000 Haitians were expelled from the United States between September 2021 and June 2022. In May alone, the US government expelled nearly 4,000 Haitians. Most Haitians have been expelled under Title 42, a health order invoked at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that allows for the blocking and rapid expulsion of migrants, including people seeking protection at the US border. This devastating policy has effectively shut down asylum at the US southern border and has been used to authorize over two million expulsions from the US.
While deportation flights to Haiti have been paused since June, without a change in US policy, Haitians who arrive at the US border could still be expelled to what has effectively become a conflict zone, as armed groups have taken over large areas of the capital. More than half of the patients arriving at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Tabarre, Port-au-Prince, have suffered life-threatening wounds, often from high-powered firearms. Armed clashes in two neighborhoods, Martissant and Cité Soleil, forced us to move longstanding medical programs in 2021.