No Mercy: Haitian Criminal Deportees

Amy Bracken

In April, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency recommenced the forcible deportation of Haitians, which was suspended on humanitarian grounds after Haiti was devastated by storms in August 2008. As of July, more than 450 Haitians had been deported, 363 of them with criminal convictions, and at least 29,000 more were slated for removal. For those once locked up in the United States, freedom can be an exciting prospect. But liberation in Haiti also means “freedom” from guarantees like food, shelter, clean water, and health care.


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