DHS to temporarily halt deportation flights to Haiti
Posted October 12
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government will temporarily halt deportation flights to Haiti as the nation recovers from Hurricane Matthew, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday.
Johnson said department officials with work with the Haitian government to resume flights "as soon as possible."
The temporary halt of flights to the country won't change the U.S. government's newly enacted policy to detain Haitians recently stopped at the border and put them into removal proceedings.
DHS announced the plan to detain and deport newly arriving Haitians last month. Before that, such immigrants were being allowed into the United States on what is called humanitarian parole.
Thousands of Haitian immigrants have been stopped at the border in the last 12 months, compared to just a few hundred the year before. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana told lawmakers last month that officials in Central America advised her on a recent trip that as many as 40,000 Haitians were headed north to the United States.