Haitians Face Uncertain Future as US Suspends Special Immigration Status

Monday, December 20, 2010

17 year-old Joseph (left), whose  whole family in Port-au-Prince was killed in the earthquake. 17 year-old Joseph, left, whose whole family in Port-au-Prince was killed in the earthquake. At right, his translator Patrick, a local Haitian. (Anna Sale/The Takeaway)

Beginning next month, the U.S. government will end the special immigration status granted to certain Haitians left homeless by January's devastating earthquake. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — part of the Department of Homeland Security — says that they will only deport Haitians who had been convicted of crimes and finished serving their sentences; however, within New York's Haitian population, reaction has gone from concern to anger, as slow reconstruction coupled with a deadly cholera epidemic means an uncertain future for those forced to return home.

We speak with Ricot DuPuy, station manager at Radio Soleil.

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Ricot Dupuy

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