US fears Haitian boat exodus‎: Despite warnings Napolitano guaranteed it by issuing Temporary Protected Status!

US fears Haitian boat exodus‎: Despite warnings Napolitano guaranteed it by issuing Temporary Protected Status!

Port au Prince : Haiti | Jan 17, 2010 at 5:35 AM PST
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Haitians In Country Illegally Can Stay

Think about it! First I have to wonder was that necessary? Yes, we know things are getting desperate. I heard from a Haiti Government official that 50,000 bodies have been removed and buried in mass graves and up to 200,000 killed. I saw a group of machete wielding men running through the streets. A UN truck trying to distribute food was overrun and had to flee. A Medical tent with Doctors trying to dispense emergency trauma care had to abandon the injured and flee for their lives. This is just beginning, not good!

I saw a helicopter throwing MRE's (meals ready to eat) out of the helicopter as it is not safe to land. People were swarming over the boxes not having eaten in 5 days. Men were beating others with sticks but remembering those machetes, it will get worse. Those that grabbed the boxes were being run down by the remaining throng. We are still seeing survivors being found alive in the rubble and the throngs that were dancing around singing Religious songs are getting desperate.

We know the history of those trying to escape the hardships of Haiti for the promise of America despite 700 miles of ocean. US officials expressed fears Friday that terrified Haitians could take to the sea in makeshift boats to try and escape the mounting despair in the quake-hit Caribbean island nation. Hundreds of Haitians attempt the perilous 700-mile journey to the Florida coast each year, some in rafts, others smuggled by traffickers.

US officials estimate that thousands of Haitians have died at sea in failed attempts to flee the poverty, unrest, and natural disasters that have beset their homeland, as you know now is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I understand Haitian authorities do not expect an exodus but I would as the situation gets increasingly dire.

As the earthquake was centered on the Port Au Prince side of the island not the North Northwest side where illegal immigration usually take place they better be watching for an exodus to that side of the island. US fears Haitian boat exodus‎

I would start watching that side of the island! Watch for people heading to the North and Northwest coast. The coast guard has a presence in the area but has cone nothing special to date. At least up to Napolitano's announcement of temporary protected status to Some 76,000 illegal immigrants from Haiti who live in the United States. Napolitano Announces Temporary Protected Status For Haitian Nationals

I heard Napolitano's speech giving temporary protected status to the 30,000 facing deportation already and all illegal immigrants from Haiti who was here prior to the earthquake for a period of 18 months to keep them from having to go back to the chaos in Haiti.

18 months is not enough time first, second, warning Haitians not to come here or they would be turned back if they survived the ocean is worthless after this catastrophe. Last I have to ask “how will they know an illegal alien that has been here for 2 weeks from one that has been here less than a week? Have we just been punked?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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