KUSI: U.S. closes door to Haitian earthquake survivors

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The United States is closing the doors on thousands of Haitian immigrants who want to come to the U.S.

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security announced a policy change that prevents more survivors of the Haiti earthquake from entering the U.S. through the San Ysidro Border.

It’s important to know what these people are not. They are not illegal. They are not refugees. They are not asylum seekers.

They are seeking humanitarian help.

The U.S. Just Broke a Promise it Made to the Survivors of the Haitian Earthquake of 2010

San Diego, CA –  The Administration’s decision to detain and deport Haitian earthquake survivors arriving at the border is breaking a promise the United States made to not forsake or forget the Haitian people after the devastating earthquake of 2010.

This move means that earthquake survivors who arrive at the border may face indefinite detention, because Haiti still lacks the capacity and infrastructure to absorb returning migrants. Haiti remains the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

While the Administration is backtracking on its commitments to help the Haitian earthquake survivors, San Diegans in particular have stepped up to assist Haitians displaced by the earthquake. Only about 10 percent of the Haiti earthquake survivors are resettling in San Diego, the rest are heading to cities on the East Coast.  We thank California Governor Jerry Brown’s office for helping to set up temporary shelters in San Diego.

Timeline: How Survivors of 2010 Haitian Earthquake Arrived at the San Diego/Tijuana Border

In 2010, a massive earthquake decimated Haiti. It was a natural disaster of catastrophic proportions. The American people responded to this disaster with compassion and aid, sending resources and volunteers to help the Haitian people. In the last several months, Haitians who have been living outside of their country have come to our borders seeking legal entry.

Having committed to not forsake and not forget the Haitian people in the wake of the earthquake, the United States allows them legal entry for humanitarian reasons and provides work permits so they can contribute to our country while Haiti is being rebuilt and until they can return.

See below for the full timeline:

Federal judge orders more photos unsealed in suit alleging overcrowding in migrant detention centers

A U.S. District Court judge in Tucson has released photographs and documents that immigration activists allege will show crowding and unsanitary conditions at detention centers maintained by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in its Tucson Sector along the Arizona-Mexico border.

Judge David Bury issued the order late Wednesday, defining and clarifying an earlier order about which documents and photographs can and can’t be released.

Bury had unsealed many of the documents in late June, but they have not yet been made available to the public because CBP claimed they jeopardized security at the facilities and would invade the privacy of immigrants detained there.

Read more about this issue at: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2016/08/04/judge-david-bury-customs-border-patrol-immigration-lawsuit/88182330/

Op-Ed: Mr. Obama’s Dubious Detention Centers


New York Times Editorial Board

The family detention centers the Obama administration has been operating in Texas and Pennsylvania have been an expedient way to handle the soaring numbers of Central Americans, many of them young children, who have arrived at the Southern border since 2014. They give a sense that Homeland Security has the border situation under control, and they supposedly send a message to other would-be refugees not to come.

U.S. must release child migrants held in family detention, court says


President Obama’s immigration policy was dealt another blow Wednesday when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s opinion that child migrants who are accompanied by a parent and currently in family detention should be quickly released.

It left the fate of the parents up in the air, however.