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Congresswoman Clarke’s Statement on Resumed Deportation of Haitian Nationals from the United States

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on the resumed deportation of Haitian nationals from the United States:

“Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that removal proceedings have resumed for Haitian nationals in the United States who lack Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The majority of the people DHS intends to remove have not been accused of any crime. These deportations will return thousands of Haitians to a country that continues to struggle with the devastation of Hurricane Matthew and the recent outbreak of cholera that was introduced by international aid workers responding to the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. In this period of turmoil, the forced removal of Haitian nationals will only exacerbate the difficulties of rebuilding Haiti and deny families access to remittances from relatives in the United States. I am deeply saddened that these deportations have resumed, and I call on President Obama and his administration to end this policy immediately.”

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