US halts deportations to Haiti


Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano temporarily halted deportations Wednesday of some Haitians illegally in the U.S. in response to the Caribbean nation's devastating earthquake.

Those with deportation orders will be allowed to remain in U.S. Those held in detention centers will remain jailed, Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler said.

About 30,000 Haitians have orders to leave the U.S. and about 160 are in detention, according to the Homeland Security Department.

The U.S. deported 1,570 Haitians in 2008, Homeland Security statistics show.

The federal government has suspended deportations following previous disasters.

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