April 23, 2014
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ACLU Asks For Halt In Haitian Deportations

 MIAMI - The ACLU was joined by Congresswoman-Elect Frederica S. Wilson, whose district includes Miami’s Little Haiti, in calling on President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to refrain from deporting Haitian nationals with criminal records who have completed their sentences.

In the letter sent by the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Director Laura Murphy and ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon, and co-signed by Congresswoman-Elect Frederica S. Wilson, the ACLU implored restraint on the part of the Administration in light of pressing human rights and humanitarian concerns and the raging cholera epidemic that has taken hold in Haiti.

“We ask President Obama to hold off on removing Haitian nationals from this country in light of the horrific conditions now facing our neighboring nation,” said Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Director. “It is within his power to show leadership and prevent a civil liberties and human rights disaster.” 

“Current conditions in Haiti are simply too dangerous to allow for the safe return of Haitian nationals with final removal orders,” added ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office Director Laura Murphy. “If this administration resumes deportations to Haiti in mid-January, this administration will not only jeopardize the lives and safety of Haitian deportees, but will also violate international human rights and refugee laws.” 

Congresswoman-Elect Frederica S. Wilson noted: “I am keenly aware of the devastation and the impact the present situation has on the constituents in my district and on their families in Haiti. The trauma and heartbreak is tremendously catastrophic,” said Representative-Elect Frederica S. Wilson, whose Congressional District (FL-17) includes Miami’s Little Haiti. “My Congressional District includes the largest Haitian population in America, so I am faced with the misery and the suffering on a daily basis.”

VIEW LETTER HERE 

 

About the ACLU of Florida

The ACLU of Florida is freedom's watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  


The ACLU conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

 


STORY TAGS: BLACK NEWS, AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, AFRO AMERICAN NEWS

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