Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Stop Deportations Now Fact Sheet


Why the U.S. Government should IMMEDIATELY halt deportations to Haiti:

  • During a one-month period, and in rapid succession, FOUR DEVASTATING STORMS ravaged Haiti
  • The World Bank assessed the storm damage at nearly ONE BILLION DOLLARS, or about 15 percent of Haiti’s GDP.
  • The United Nations has called this “the worst disaster to hit Haiti in 100 years”
  • Over 800 people were killed, with thousand missing or injured
  • Haiti’s third largest city, Gonaives, has been rendered uninhabitable
  • Massive flooding caused nationwide damage to agriculture and infrastructure including roads, bridges, water and sanitation systems, schools, hospitals and housing.
  • Inadequate sanitation and potable water and standing pools of polluted flood water have left hundreds of thousands at risk of malaria, hepatitis, and cholera
  • The nation’s food crop has been largely destroyed, as have farm tools, seeds for next year’s crop, and livestock and irrigation systems vital to farmers and rice production
  • Dozens of children have starved to death, and UNICEF has said that 300,000 children are at risk of severe malnutrition

What the US Government should do in response to this humanitarian Crisis:

  • Immediately halt all deportations to Haiti
  • Grant Deferred Enforced Departure and/or Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the United States for 18 months; and for those so protected:
  • Authorize them to work;
  • Release them from detention; and
  • Suspend all legal and administrative proceedings against them.

How halting deportations helps Haiti and protects U. S. interests:

  • Allows Haiti to prepare and safely receive returnees in the future, reducing the stress on a fragile economy unable to assimilate additional homeless, jobless migrants
  • Enables Haitians in the United States to work, pay taxes, and send remittances to relatives in Haiti crucial to their survival
  • Protects U.S. borders and resources by sustaining life-sustaining remittances and reducing socio-economic burdens which lead to desperate emigration attempts; reduced outflow preserves U.S. Coast Guard, Border Patrol, detention, and administrative resources.
  • Safeguards U.S.-born American children from having their parents ripped away from them; the destruction of these families is fundamentally un-American.
  • Restores U.S. commitment to the rule of law and the principle of equal protection by granting Haitians the same deserved protection granted other similarly-situated nationals


Call for a stay of deportation to Haiti today! Contact President Obama & DHS Secretary Napolitano:

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC-20500

Phone: 202-456-1111


The Honorable Janet Napolitano

Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

2001 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC-20201

Phone: 202-282-8000

Fax: 202-282-8401

2008-2009 Editorials, Columns, Reports

“Haiti, Venezuela pose early tests for Obama administration,” St. Petersburg Times, February 21, 2009

“Haitians facing deportation look to Obama for help,” Institute for Southern Studies, February 20, 2009

“A Double Standard? – Thousands of Haitians Face Deportation,”, February 17, 2009!03

Editorial, “Verbatim: Stop deportations to troubled Haiti,” Miami Herald, February 14, 2009

Op-ed, “Deportations slide under Obama’s radar,” by Myriam Marquez, Miami Herald, January 28, 2009

“Haiti at a crossroads as donations dry up and upheaval looms,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, January 15, 2009

Letter to the Editor, “Haitians need TPS, finally,” by Former State Representative Phillip J. Brutus, Miami Herald, January 12, 2009

Editorial, “Haitians snubbed again in bid for TPS – Our Opinion: Duplicity in administration policy for help after natural disasters,” Miami Herald, January 7, 2009

Op-ed, “Inhumane to deport Haitians,” by Alcee L. Hastings, Miami Herald, December 29, 2008

Op-ed, “Senseless, deadly U.S. policy on Haitians persists,” by Myriam Marquez, Miami Herald, December 28, 2008

Editorial, “IDB hurts, ICE hurts Haiti,” Miami Herald, December 17, 2008

“Haiti After the Storms: Weather and Conflict,” by Robert M. Perito, United States Institute of Peace, November 2008

Editorial, “No good reason not to give Haiti TPS — Our Opinion: Let Haitians living here help their country avoid chaos — or worse,”Miami Herald, October 30, 2008

Editorial, “Help for Haiti,” New York Times, October 13, 2008 ef=opinion&oref=slogin

Editorial, “Be a good neighbor to Caribbean — Our Opinion: Grant TPS to Haitians; Ease Travel and Remittance Restrictions,” Miami Herald, September 10, 2008

Editorial, “Remittances are too low … Bottom Line: Grant TPS to Haitians,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, September 6, 2008
Editorial, “Help for a neighbor,” Chicago Tribune, May 10, 2008

Editorial, “Help for Haiti – The U.S. should temporarily stop deportations,” Washington Post, April 2, 2008,
Editorial, “Reprieve for a beleaguered Haiti,” Boston Globe, March 16, 2008 als/articles/2008/03/16/reprieve_for_a_beleaguered_haiti/

Editorial, “How to Help Our Needy Neighbor,” Tampa Tribune, March 8, 2008,
Editorial, “Haitian president wants temporary protective status for Haitians in America,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, February 21, 2008

Editorial, “Immigration being unfair to Haitians,” by Ana Menendez, Miami Herald, May 4, 2008
Op-ed, “Granting protected status to Haitians is a moral duty,” by Myriam Marquez, Miami Herald, October 8, 2008″

Op-ed, “Haiti’s myriad problems require bold solutions,” by Albert R. Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General and Chairman of the Haiti Task Force, Organization of American States, Miami Herald, September 30, 2008

Op-ed, “Haitians need help now, solutions for stable future,” by Edwidge Danticat, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 23, 2008

Op-ed, “Changes in U.S. policies would calm Haiti’s storm,” by Fran Quigley, Indianapolis Star, September 22, 2008

Editorial, “Remittances are too low … Bottom Line: Grant TPS to Haitians,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, September 6, 2008

Op-ed, “Ike a chance to show our compassion,” by Myriam Marquez, Miami Herald, September 11, 2008

“Flood of misery: Overflowing lake a threat in Haiti … plaguing post-hurricane recovery efforts and threatening an ecological disaster,” Miami Herald (front page), Friday, November 7, 2008,

“Mud, misery rule storm-ravaged Haitian city — Homeless and impoverished masses in Gonaives are living amid ruins and subsisting on foreign aid as recovery plans lag,” Miami Herald (front page), Sunday, November 2, 2008,

Diaz-Balarts and Ros-Lehtinen Ask President Bush for TPS for Haitians in the US in the Wake of Deadly Storms, September 7, 2008

Statement from Senator Obama: Need for Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti Following Devastating Storms, September 8, 2008

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