In Wake of Hurricane Matthew, U.S. Must Renew Humanitarian Aid to Haitians at Our Borders

‘Improved conditions’ in Haiti were cited as a reason to begin detention and deportations of Haitians seeking humanitarian aid
SAN DIEGO, CA – ┬áThe U.S. should immediately reinstate humanitarian aid (including humanitarian parole) to Haitians arriving at our borders, given the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew, the first major hurricane to hit Haiti in 50 years.
Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti with powerful winds, heavy rains and rising floods, further crippling the Caribbean nation, which is still recovering from the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and an ongoing cholera epidemic. This new devastation to the poorest nation in our Hemisphere is further evidence that Haiti is in no condition to receive deportees.
The U.S. Government cited “improved conditions” in the island as a reason to detain and deport Haitian earthquake survivors arriving at the border starting September 22. This new policy was announced despite the State Department issuing numerous warnings for people traveling to Haiti, citing the lack of emergency medical services and run-away crime rates.
Ginger Jacobs, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, stated the following:
“We urge the U.S. Government to reinstate humanitarian aid and parole to Haitians at our border. The U.S. Government’s decision to detain and deport people back to this destitute land is inhumane, and it also breaks a promise made by the U.S. not to forsake or forget the Haitian people after the devastating earthquake of 2010. Haiti has limited resources, limited employment opportunities and, if deported, these people have a limited chance of prospering in such desperate conditions.”
About San Diego Immigrants Rights Consortium
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of Alliance San Diego. Beginning in 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the Immigrant Rights Consortium. Through the Consortium, these organizations are pursuing four common goals: Support comprehensive immigration reform; stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants; educate immigrants about their rights and the legal and other resources available to them and to educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants and counter the myths and misstatements made about immigrants. To learn more about SDIRC, visit www.immigrantsandiego.org.
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