Lawyers Join Forces to Protest Deportation of Haitians
The New York Times reports that using documents as their weapon of choice, lawyers from around the country today joined forces to file dozens of motions attacking the Homeland Security Agency's continued deportation of Haitian citizens.
The lawyers filed motions in dozens of cases, asking immigration judges to stop the deportations because their clients' lives may be threatened. The State Department has warned Americans against traveling to Haiti, citing the lack of an effective police force and the presence of armed gangs engaged in kidnappings and violent crime.
The lawyers, who held news conferences in Miami, New York, Boston and Philadelphia, said they were acting because homeland security officials had not given Haitians temporary protected status, which temporarily prevents the deportation of immigrants who cannot return to their native countries because of armed conflict, natural disasters or other extraordinary conditions.
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