Headline RoundupSeptember 23rd, 2021

US Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over Migrant Deportations

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U.S. Special Envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote resigned Thursday to protest what he called “inhumane” deportations of asylum-seeking Haitian migrants to Haiti. Many of the migrants in question did not come directly from Haiti, but instead lived in Central and South American countries for years before coming to the U.S. Additionally, Haiti is recovering from a devastating August earthquake that killed 2,200 people and impacted 800,000. In his resignation letter, Foote said: “I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life.” State Department spokesman Ned Price criticized Foote, who was appointed in late July 2021, saying he had “resigned and mischaracterized” the situation instead of “participating in a solutions-oriented policy process.”

Coverage was prominently featured across the spectrum on Thursday. Coverage was mostly balanced on all sides, with a few exceptions; while most headlines called Foote a “U.S.” diplomat, for instance, Fox News’ headline said he was “Biden's.” Some left-rated outlets like CNN framed the resignation as a protest of “U.S. policy” on an issue the Biden administration was “grappling with.”

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