Washington, D.C. – Despite ongoing anti-Black and anti-immigrant violence, the Biden administration has failed to grant TPS for Cameroonians seeking asylum in the U.S. and instead has continued to rapidly deport and expel migrants through the use of anti-Black policies like Title 42. To date, over 1.8 million people have been deported or expelled since President Biden took office. Last week, Human Rights Watch issued a report documenting that Cameroonians deported from the United States were tortured, physically or sexually abused, or assaulted by state agents and were detained in detention facilities for periods ranging from days to months.
Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, Senior Advocacy Manager of United We Dream, said:
“Mounting evidence and calls from immigrant rights advocates across the country continue to shed light on the human rights violations and persecution Cameroonians who have been recently deported from the United States continue to suffer. Since 2014, thousands of Cameroonians have sought their right to asylum in the U.S. after facing ongoing conflict in Cameroon.
Despite this, the Biden administration has failed to provide safety and security by designating TPS for Cameroon. There should be no hesitation in ensuring that families are able to stay together and that those who seek their human right to asylum have the ability to do so without being subjected to further cruelty and harm from the anti-Black deportation forces of ICE and CBP. To truly protect immigrant communities, President Biden must root out anti-Blackness across U.S. immigration policy, from ending Title 42 which has resulted in the expulsion of thousands of Haitian migrants to ensuring that TPS is immediately extended to predominantly-Black countries like Cameroon.”