Temporary Protected Status for Haitians


In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. Government has sent aid in the forms manpower, food, and water. However, what is to be done with Haitian citizens who reside unlawfully in the U.S.? Will they be sent back to Haiti?

For the time being, the answer is “no.” On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano temporarily halted the removal (deportations) of Haitians with standing removal orders. Those who do not have removal orders, but are detained in detention centers, will remain jailed.

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