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Obama to Step Up Deportations of Haitians

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – On Thursday, the Obama administration announced it would be stepping up deportations of undocumented Haitians, regardless if they have committed a crime or not.

The Department of Homeland Security said the decision was made due to “improved conditions in Haiti” and therefore would be lifting a moratorium on Haitian deportations that was put in place after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

Many in the Haitian and Haitian-American community would argue that conditions have improved. A cholera outbreak caused by the United Nations in October 2010 continues to resurge and the nation has gone from a democracy to a totalitarian regime with the U.S. State Department to blame. Today, Haiti is being ruled by an illegitimate state.

DHS also cited “a significant increase in Haitians arriving at the Southwest border in San Diego, California” as a reason for stepping up deportations. 5,000 are estimated to have traveled from Brazil to Haiti since October 2015.

It is important to note that the DHS doesn’t want the announcement to appear to be targeting Haitians. The department’s secretary, Jeh Johnson said, “effective immediately, enforcement decisions with respect to Haitian nationals should be consistent with the practice regarding other nationalities.”

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.