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MCC action alert

Haiti deportations resume

April 27, 2011

Action: Send a letter urging the Obama administration to stop deportations to Haiti.

Background: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to continue deportations to Haiti, despite advocates’ repeated concerns. Deportations to Haiti had been suspended after the 2010 earthquake, but resumed in January of this year.  After an initial deportation of 27 Haitians, one deportee died in a Port-au-Prince jail of cholera-like symptoms.  After the death, DHS temporarily suspended deportations. On April 1st, DHS announced that deportations would once again resume.

Deportations divert resources from Haiti’s recovery effort and jeopardize the lives of those returned to the country.  Homelessness and political instability are on the rise in Haiti, while access to social services is declining. Exacerbating the situation is a cholera epidemic that has claimed 4,000 lives and is expected to kill thousands more.

Action: Send a letter urging the Obama administration to stop deportations to Haiti.


Alert prepared by Janelle Tupper, Public Policy Intern