On January 20, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security resumed deporting Haitians from the U.S. back to their troubled country. Haiti is in a severe crisis. More than one million people are without housing, incidences of rape and domestic violence are on the rise, and political violence has escalated. Exacerbating the instability of the current situation is a cholera epidemic that has claimed over 3,000 lives and is expected to kill thousands more. U.S. government will initially detain and deport individuals with "serious criminal convictions." "Serious criminal convictions" remains undefined by DHS.
Also troubling is the fact that the week before Christmas, DHS began raiding Haitian communities in Florida, detaining and transferring about 100 Haitians to remote detention centers in Louisiana. This has separated them not only from family members in the U.S., but also from their lawyers and legal service providers.
Please consider joining the Jesuit Refugee Services’ call to action on behalf of these U.S. Haitians by questioning the actions of the Department of Homeland Security. You may reach Pres. Obama, Department of Homeless Security, and other federal officials via the Jesuit Refugee Services action alert, http://capwiz.com/jesuit/issues/alert/?alertid=23241516
Thank you for your consideration.
Social Concerns Director, Diocese of Green Bay
1825 Riverside Dr.
P.O. Box 23825
Green Bay, WI 54305-3825
920-272-8299 (for 920 and 715 areas, 877-500-3580 x 8299)
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