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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Rushed From Haiti, Then Jailed for Lacking Visas

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More of Nina Bernstein's fantastic reporting:

"In Haiti, some were pulled from the rubble, their legal advocates say.
Some lost parents, siblings or children. Many were seeking food, safety
or medical care at the Port-au-Prince airport when terrifying
aftershocks prompted hasty evacuations by military transports, with no
time for immigration processing. None have criminal histories.


But when they landed in the United States without visas, they were taken
into custody by immigration authorities and held for deportation, even
though deportations to Haiti have been suspended indefinitely since the
earthquake. Legal advocates who stumbled on the survivors in February at
the Broward County Transitional Center, a privately operated
immigration jail in Pompano Beach, Fla., have tried for weeks to
persuade government officials to release them to citizen relatives who
are eager to take them in, letters and affidavits show."

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