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Activists Urge Ending Deportations to Haiti

Two human rights clinics published a report recommending a stop to deportations to Haiti. The report begins with a foreword from Haitian author Edwidge Danticat and compiles stories of people deported for minor crimes, like failing to return a rental car on time. Many of the deportees were longtime Lawful Permanent Residents, left children behind in the US, were mentally ill, and/or were terrified of the situation they’d face in returning to a country they barely know. Activists hope that these human stories will help persuade legislators to stop deportations and extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. Activists say Haitian deportations need to stop Rebecca Savransky, Miami Herald February 19, 2015 Wildrick Guerrier had been living in the U.S. for years, along with his mother, fiance, two younger brothers and 9-year-old son, all of whom were citizens or lawful permanent residents. […]

68-Page Report Calls for a Stop to U.S. Deportations of Haitians

The University of Miami School of Law and the University of Chicago School of Law, in collaboration with other human rights groups, have published a 68-page report calling for the U.S. government to stop deportations of Haitians with a criminal record. Based upon extensive fieldwork and research, the report documents the struggles that deported Haitians, and the families they are forced to leave behind, face in a post-earthquake Haiti. Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat wrote the foreword to the report, expressing her concerns about the “continuing humanitarian, and increasingly political, crisis in Haiti” and its implications for deported Haitians. Click HERE to access the downloadable PDF of the report. Aftershocks: The Human Impact of U.S. Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti University of Miami School of Law February 19, 2015 Aftershocks: The Human Impact of U.S. Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti Haiti still reels […]

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