Top Biden State Department official, Harold Koh, resigns, slams administration in letter

Apparently, President Joe Biden and his administration can’t seem to catch a break.

The latest controversy within Biden’s White House comes in the form of yet another resignation of a top Biden official, according to the Daily Caller. Harold Koh, a former adviser to President Barack Obama’s State Department and currently the only political appointee on Biden’s State Department’s legal team, has formally resigned. 

Koh held nothing back as he ripped the Biden administration in his resignation letter for continuing to use Title 42 to expel Haitian migrants, a policy first used under the Trump administration during the initial outbreak of COVID-19.

“Not worthy”

Koh let it be known that he was not supportive of the Biden administration using Title 42 the way it was used for the Haitian migrants, calling the policy “not worthy” of the Biden administration, which he made clear he otherwise supports.

“I believe this Administration’s current implementation of the Title 42 authority continues to violate our legal obligation not to expel or return (“refouler”) individuals who fear persecution, death, or torture, especially migrants fleeing from Haiti,” Koh wrote.

Koh added: “[O]ur actions and approaches regarding Afghan refugees stand in stark contrast to the continuing use of Title 42 to rebuff the pleas of thousands of Haitians and myriad others arriving at the Southern Border who are fleeing violence, persecution, or torture.”

He emphasized that he believes “Lawful, more humane alternatives plainly exist,” as far as how to go about handling the massive influx of migrants.

The timing

Politico noted that Koh’s resignation was long-planned, and that he’ll be leaving the Biden administration to pursue a new job at Oxford University.

However, Koh is already the second Biden official who has slammed the Biden administration on their way out for how it handled the expulsion of thousands of Haitian migrants.

Ambassador Daniel Foote, the Biden administration’s former special envoy for Haiti, resigned last month and suggested the same frustration with the Biden administration’s handling of the Haitian migrants.

At the time of his resignation, Foote called Biden’s usage of Title 42 an “inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees.”

While Koh’s departure from the ranks of the Biden administration isn’t the end of the world, it’s notable in the sense that Biden can’t seem to get anything right, even among his own people.

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