AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Expulsion of undocumented Haitians following the hurricane have been suspended

Thursday, 13 October 2016 refugees   politics   poverty   natural catastrophe  


Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - Following the devastation caused by hurricane Matthew in Haiti, the United States has decided to temporarily suspend the expulsion of Haitians who are in the country without authorization: this was announced on October 11, by the Secretary for Homeland security, Jeh Johnson. Johnson spoke in Mexico City, where he met with Mexican government officials to deal with issues affecting immigrants, the border and safety.
"We will have to cope with the emergency, help, be compassionate towards the suffering of the Haitian people in the aftermath of the hurricane" Johnson said to the media. "But after this, after the problem has been addressed, we intend to resume the change of policy proposed a couple of weeks ago".
Thousands of Haitian immigrants are arriving in the Mexican city of Tijuana hoping to cross the border and go to the United States (see Fides 28/09/2016), creating big problems in the social life of the town. The Mexicans have in fact finished their resources to help the immigrants waiting, many of them only receive help from the structures of the Catholic Church (see Fides 10/10/2016). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 13/10/2016)