US deports first Haitians since earthquake

January 21, 2011 03:37

MIAMI  — Immigration authorities repatriated 26 Haitians previously convicted of crimes on Thursday, plus another man who was acquitted in a 2007 terror plot, the first such deportations since the Obama administration halted them following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The deportations were immediately criticized by members of the Haitian-American community and immigration advocates who said the Haitians will face dire, inhumane conditions on their return."I think it's outrageous and it's inhumane and very insensitive," said Marleine Bastien, executive director of the Haitian Women of Miami. "We are outraged, really outraged."

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