Thursday, September 25, 2008

Deportations To Haiti Halted

U.S. Navy personnel assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge unload sacks of rice for citizens affected by the recent hurricanes in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on September 9, 2008. USS Kearsarge has been diverted from the scheduled Continuing Promise 2008 humanitarian assistance deployment in the western Caribbean to conduct hurricane relief operations in Haiti. (UPI Photo/Gina Wollman/U.S. Navy)

MIAMI, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. immigration authorities say they have temporarily halted deportations to storm-ravaged Haiti.

Four large storms in recent weeks in Haiti killed more than 400 people, left tens of thousands homeless and devastated crops, causing a severe food shortage, said Barbara Gonzalez, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.

"We are monitoring the situation on the ground," said Gonzalez, adding that deportations could resume at any time.

South Florida is home to one of the largest concentrations of Haitians in the United States, The Palm Beach (Fla.,) Post reported Tuesday.

Source: Upi.Com

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