The US resumes deportations of Haitians

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Source: RT News / The Independent / The Dawn News / November 12, 2016

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Obama’s government suspended a 2010 migratory agreement that provided temporary refuge to Haitians affected by the hurricane that devastated the country, and now they have announced that 60 Haitians will be deported every week.

The Department of National Security of the United States has announced it’s ready to resume the flights to deportate Haitian citizens, which had been suspended due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, The Independent reported. Flights will take 60 people back to the Caribbean island every seven days.

The deportation program was temporarily suspended on 12 October while one of the poorest countries in the world was dealing with the immediate after effect of Hurricane Matthew, which killed more than 1,000 people and put thousands of pregnant women at risk, wiping out hospitals, infrastructure, crops and livestock.

Thousands of Haitians ended up sleeping in homeless shelters in towns along the Mexican border as they had to wait for weeks to get an appointment with an immigration official before entering the US.

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke said she was “deeply saddened” by the news that deportations have resumed.

“The majority of the people DHS intends to remove have not been accused of any crime. These deportations will return thousands of Haitians to a country that continues to struggle with the devastation of Hurricane Matthew and the recent outbreak of cholera that was introduced by international aid workers responding to the 2010 earthquake,” she said.

“In this period of turmoil, the forced removal of Haitian nationals will only exacerbate the difficulties of rebuilding Haiti and deny families access to remittances from relatives in the United States.”

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According to the Coalition in Defense of Migrants, “it’s inhumane to deport people back to misery. The US must immediately establish humanitarian aid, including the suspension of deportations or humanitarian probation, given the destruction caused by Mathew”.

In 2010 after the earthquake, Haitians were given a special immigration arrangement which meant they could stay in the US. The government stopped deportations as they said it was dangerous to send Haitians back to such an unstable country.

Any immigrant who has not received the Temporary Protected Status is vulnerable to be deported under president Barack Obama.

It is not possible to apply for TPS as the application process is now closed and existing TPS statuses will expire next July.

That is as long as president-elect Donald Trump does not issue an executive order before then to shut down the program altogether.

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