More than 10,000 illegal Haitian migrants in the US
Radio Metropole and Loop Haiti in Port-au-Prince report:
Translated Summary: The US Department of Homeland Security revealed in its annual report that more than 10,000 Haitians live illegally in the United States. 10,558 Haitians who obtained a visa or a residence permit for the United States have never returned to Haiti, according to the report published for fiscal year 2017-2018. For the fiscal year, all the countries included in the report have a total of 628,799 people in the US in an irregular situation. Haiti occupies the 12th place (10,558), behind several developed countries including the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, France, Spain and Germany. Haitians and nationals of 14 other countries violate US migration laws by remaining in the US without authorization at the end of their residence permit or visa, for a total of more than 256,000 nationals (excluding Mexico and Canada). According to American legislators, mass deportations could destabilize the region, trigger a new wave of unauthorized immigration and jeopardize American foreign policy objectives. (10/08/2018)
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In our opinion: Nicaraguans should keep TPS protection
Published by El Nuevo Herald, a Spanish source serving Miami and South Florida
Translated Summary: "In the face of the crisis in Nicaragua, the US House of Representatives approved last week a resolution drafted by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who condemns the violence in the Central American country and is asking for sanctions against individuals linked to the government of President Daniel Ortega. Ros-Lehtinen also highlighted another problem that the crisis has aggravated. “If we are going to say that the situation in Nicaragua is terrible, then why are we going to deport so many Nicaraguans when we are saying that the country is in political chaos?" she asked. She is right. Nicaragua has suffered the worst political crisis with a heavy dose of violence since the rebellion that toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979. The last thing that Nicaraguans who had TPS need is to be sent back to a country afflicted by months of violent confrontations and a weakened economy. TPS must be maintained for Nicaraguans."