Action: Send a letter to President Obama saying that now is not the time to deport Haitians.
Background: On January 20, 2011, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it resumed removals of Haitians by deporting 26 Haitians with criminal backgrounds, including one acquitted of all charges. DHS expects to remove 700 Haitians by September of this year. Deportations were suspended following the earthquake that devastated Haiti little more than a year ago.
Today, over a million Haitians are without housing, incidences of rape and domestic violence are rising, and political instability has escalated. Exacerbating the crisis is a cholera epidemic that has claimed over 3000 lives and is expected to kill thousands more. Deportations could divert resources from Haiti’s recovery and reconstruction effort, as well as jeopardize the lives of those returned to the country.
DHS has not explained how conditions in Haiti justify the resumption of deportations, including any agreements reached with the Haitian government regarding preparations for and treatment of those returned.
Action: Click here to send a letter asking the Obama administration to review this policy for the good of the Haitian people.
Alert prepared by Janelle Tupper. Adapted from an alert by Jesuit Refugee Services, an MCC partner in the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.