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Almost 350 groups are calling on the Biden administrator to stop deportations to Haiti following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake

Stakeholders write that Haiti has still not recovered from the 2010 earthquake when the nation was shaken again on August 14th which Haiti has still not fully recovered, it will take years for Haitians to recover from the earthquake, ”the groups said. Nonetheless, dozens of deportation flights have been approved in recent months, including following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July.

“Earlier this month, two deportation flights left Texas for Haiti and returned about 130 people, including several children under two, just weeks after President Moïse was assassinated, ”the groups said. "Since February 1, 2021, the government has sent at least 37 deportation flights to Haiti, even though your officials internally confirmed that the deportees could be 'harmed' on return and that the COVID-19 pandemic was raging."

The government recognized this threat by reassigning Haiti to Temporary Protection Status (TPS) this year. Officials also carried out an additional expansion of TPS after Moïse's death. Lawyers sought further help after the August earthquake but were turned down by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the Miami Herald reported. In their letter, proponents again called on the administration to open up more opportunities to help Haitian asylum seekers, accelerate the release of Haitians from detention centers and stop deportations, citing past government measures.

"Away January 13, 2010The day after the earthquake, the US government stopped all deportations to Haiti for about a year or more, ”the groups said. “Removals were temporarily stopped in October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew& # 39; s devastation. The Biden government should now follow suit, prefer humanitarian aid to enforcement and instruct ICE to immediately suspend deportations and deportations for an indefinite period of time.

The federal government has taken such measures before to protect Haitians and should do so again. "While Haiti's reclassification to TPS will promote reconstruction and stability in the country by maintaining and strengthening remittances to Haiti, deporting families to Haiti will only hinder recovery," the organizations continued. "It will also seriously undermine the government's promise to build a more equitable and inclusive immigration and asylum system for all."

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