MIAMI (CBS4) – Haitians in the US illegally had been given a pass when it comes to deportations, thanks to the earthquake which devastated their country 11 months ago. Now, for some, that break is being ended.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said Friday that the U.S. expects to begin flying deportees with criminal records back to Haiti in January in coordination with Haiti’s government. Many of the people who would be deported are South Florida residents or have family here.

Gonzalez says ICE must deport people with criminal records or release them, “if their repatriation is not reasonably foreseeable.” US law allows the deportations of foreign nationals who commit a crime in the United States, even if they have documentation allowing them to be in the US legally.

The U.S. temporarily stopped deporting all Haitians after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Most undocumented Haitians in the US have been been granted temporary protected status, which allows them to remain in the US without official status due to the earthquake emergency.

Advocates and immigration attorneys say conditions in Haiti have not improved enough for deportations to resume. A cholera outbreak began in October, and the State Department on Thursday issued a travel warning for Haiti because of political unrest.

Comments (5)
  1. Tom says:

    Great news . Send them all back !!!

    1. JOSE LUIS says:

      I AGREE WITH YOU. BUT , PLEASE INCLUDE ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS AS WELL, NO MATTER WHICH COUNTRY THEY ARE FROM !!!!!!

  2. code1 says:

    DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS IMMEDIATELY ! ! ! What is the delay ??? TPS, what a croc, just a way to put more money in attorneys hands. DEPORT all tps immediately, as long as they are here they will do NOTHING to assist haiti in improving ! ! ! ! WE ARE NOT THE NANNY TO THE WORLD ! ! ! !

  3. Carol says:

    Ger out of the illegals up tp and including the Cubans NOW TODAY the sooner the better.

  4. Jeb says:

    To free up some jobs and lower the crime they have to deport everybody in my opinion, There is no sane reason why illegals have jobs and American citizens are unemployed standing outside for days in food lines trying to get a freaking frozen turkey so there family has something to eat, America needs to wake the hell up