Friday, February 11, 2011

Halt Deportations to Haiti Now.

A month ago, I posted about ICE resuming deportations to Haiti. On January 20, 27 Haitians were sent home, and all were incarcerated, as is the common practice with deported immigrants who were incarcerated abroad. Prison conditions are "notoriously unsanitary," and wracked with cholera. Nevertheless, ICE deported 27 people, and within a week, one man, Wildrick Guerrier, died of cholera-like symptoms.

Precisely what FCNL and other activist organizations feared has happened, and it is unacceptable. The bottom line is that Haiti, still a disaster zone, is not ready to absorb hundreds more into the country. It is struggling to take care of the people that are already there. FCNL and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) wrote a letter to Secretary Napolitano, imploring her to halt the deportations. It has already resulted in one death. How many more until Homeland Security and ICE decide it's enough?

We'll keep you updated on the situation. Thanks for reading.

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