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HAITIANS – TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS

As many as 30,000 desperate illegal Haitians who are in the U.S. have been ordered deported by Immigration. This draconian program would separate them from their U.S. spouses and U.S. children. Immigration has not extended temporary protected status (TPS) to Haitians although it has done so for Salvadorians and Hondurans. TPS is granted to those nationals from countries in dire straits such as for disastrous mud slides, hurricanes or earthquakes. For Haiti to receive these deportees would render Haiti totally destabilized according to Haitian authorities. The Bush Administration has denied TPS to Haitians notwithstanding that Haiti has recently been devastated by political instability and natural disasters. The Immigration has maintained it has only been seeking criminals to deport. Unfortunately the truth is that Immigration has been seeking the arrest of Haitians who only entered without visas or who overstayed. In fact these raids and roundups have only resulted in tearing immigrant families apart: spouses from their U.S. citizen spouses and from their U.S. citizen children. These raids and round-up program has not resolved any Immigration problem, it has only terrified the Haitian community and their families. The Haitian government has refused to issue travel documents to Haitian deportees. As a result of the natural disaster, there has been a surge of Haitians trying to enter the U.S. who are fleeing their country. Haiti has said that tens of thousands of storm victims are plagued by a lack of facilities and shelter and that Haiti cannot sustain these refugees.
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