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USCIS ANNOUNCES DISASTER POLICY FOR JAPANESE AS IT RESUMES HAITIAN DEPORTATIONS

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USCIS announces a fairly modest accomodation for Japanese visitors in the US:


This advisory is for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the earthquakes and tsunami devastation in the Pacific.  If you have exceeded or are about to exceed your authorized stay in the U.S. you may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart.


Visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):



 Visitors traveling under a nonimmigrant visa:



For additional immigration relief options, please visit the Special Situation page.


Then there's this from the ACLU:



In comments submitted today to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the American Civil Liberties Union strongly opposed the agency's proposed policy which formalizes the resumption of deportations to Haiti. The ACLU's comments were submitted during an extremely limited period ICE has allowed for public input. ICE's proposed policy comes on the heels of reports earlier this year that the agency had already resumed deportations to Haiti, a practice which ICE stated would be temporarily halted following last year's catastrophic earthquake and the raging cholera epidemic that followed.


In January of this year, ICE deported 27 Haitians, most of whom were immediately incarcerated in Haitian jails with ****eon-like conditions. One Haitian deportee displayed cholera-like symptoms and later died. The ACLU expressed serious concerns regarding the resumption of deportations to Haiti and called on the U.S. government to bring its policy in line with international human rights and refugee laws. 


The comments state, "It is only now, nearly two months after the resumed deportations of Haitians, that ICE has chosen to post publicly for the first time its proposed policy for resumed deportations to Haiti... ICE's actions since December show that it is focused only on trying to justify retrospectively its original decision to resume deportations of Haitians, and has no interest in hearing and responding to the concerns of human rights groups, humanitarian service organizations, medical care providers, and Haitian community associations in the U.S. that have expressed opposition to the resumed deportations. ICE's actions run counter to this administration's stated commitment to government transparency and accountability."


According to the comments, "The U.S. government should not engage in the forced removal of people to any country when the consequences of such removal would be to subject them to persecution, torture, or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment... The ACLU implores the U.S. government, including all affected departments and agencies, to scrutinize carefully the overwhelmingly negative implications of continuing with ICE's policy of resumed deportations of Haitians.  One deportee has already died upon arrival in Haiti this year, and the dire conditions in Haiti foretell more, absent a change of course in ICE policy."


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