Today, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, Director of Public Engagement and Senior Advisor Cedric Richmond, Chief of Staff to the Vice President Tina Flournoy, and National Security Council Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Juan Gonzalez met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the ongoing efforts to address irregular migration in Del Rio, TX and ensure Haitian migrants are treated with dignity and respect.

During the meeting, the Congressional Black Caucus members emphasized the importance of supporting the Haitian people and Haitian diaspora in an equitable manner.

White House officials highlighted the President’s commitment to implementing a safe, humane, and orderly immigration process. Officials also emphasized the Administration’s commitment to providing aid to the Haitian people as the largest humanitarian donor in Haiti. 

U.S. agencies, led by USAID, recently provided $32 million in new assistance to support earthquake response efforts. In January 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration also announced $75.5 million in bilateral development and health assistance for a wide range of issues for Haiti. Since the 2010 earthquake, the United States has made available over $5.1 billion for assistance to Haiti to support life-saving, post-disaster relief as well as longer-term recovery, reconstruction, and development programs.

Congressional Black Caucus members and White House officials pledged to continue an open dialogue on the situation.

Participants included:

  • Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
  • Congressman Greg Meeks (NY-05)
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
  • Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-09)
  • Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)
  • Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04)
  • Congressman Ritchie Torres (NY-15)
  • Congressman Troy Carter (LA-02)

This is part of a series of discussions between White House officials and community leaders.


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