Hundreds of Haitian Nationals residing in the U.S. face imminent deportation to Haiti, a country that is suffering a grave humanitarian crisis. We call on you to take a stand against these cruel, inhumane deportations and sign this petition.
The Earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010 killed over 200,000 people and left over 1 million people homeless. The U.S. government suspended deportations in 2010 but then resumed them a year later in 2011, while simultaneously recommending that U.S. citizens refrain from traveling to Haiti.
On June 9, 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a joint return advisory specifically instructing governments to “refrain from conducting returns to Haiti” in light of the “existing protection gaps and unmet basic humanitarian needs.” The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in February 2011 also issued a press release (http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2011/006.asp) urging the United States to suspend deportations to Haiti of persons of Haitian origin who are seriously ill or who have family members in the United States.
People facing deportation to Haiti, will not only be separated from their families and communities in the US but also be sent to deadly conditions in Haitian Jails. Deportees are held for weeks or months on end, in these unsanitary crowded jails before family members can claim them. Haitian Deportee Wildrick Guerrier was deported in 2011 and died from cholera like symptoms in a Haitian Jail at age 34.
Many Haitians face deportation for minor crimes that they have committed and already served their time for.
Frantz, Jerry and Nick are three members of Families for Freedom who face deportation to Haiti. All three have strong ties to their families and communities in the United States, and have no family in Haiti. Since they have been released from detention, they have not only fought for their right to stay in the US but for the rights of all immigrants. You can view a video (http://www.familiesforfreedom.org/Families/Dont-Deport-Frantz-To-Haiti) to learn more about Frantz’s case:
They are just three of the many hundreds of people who are facing deportation to Haiti. Deportations to Haiti can be a death sentences and we urge the government to immediately cease all deportations to Haiti.