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Advocates worry Black and brown migrants will die without court intervention in Texas border fight

by The Grio

Human rights organizations are rallying behind the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily permit U.S. Border Patrol agents to resume the removal of razor-wire fencing along the Texas border, which has placed Black and brown migrants’ safety in jeopardy.  

Cody Wofsy, deputy director at American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project, told theGrio, “It is gratifying to see the Supreme Court put a stop” to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s efforts that advocates say are anti-immigrant.

He said that these anti-immigration tactics stem from “a real fear of the other.” Wofsy explained that it’s a fear of “people coming from other countries, people who tend to be Black and brown, and people of non-Christian religions.”

Ari Sawyer, U.S. border researcher at Human Rights Watch, told theGrio, “The immigration model is inherently racist. It’s based upon years and years of colonialism.”

“All of these policies that we see on the books now disproportionately impact and discriminate against Black and brown migrants,” they said.

Sawyer explained that Black and brown migrants usually face danger when migrating to the U.S. because they do not have access to the same “legal pathways” as those coming from European countries.

That’s why we see at the border a disproportionate number of Black and brown migrants dying to cross the border – dying in search of a better life,” said Sawyer.

Haitian migrant, theGrio.com

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed federal border agents to temporarily remove a miles-long razor-wire fence that Texas authorities placed near Eagle Pass, a city that borders Mexico, to stop migrants from entering the southern state illegally.

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security ordered U.S. Border Patrol agents to remove the razor-wire fence because it was preventing agents from doing their job and posed a threat to migrants seeking refuge from their home countries where they…

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