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Sun Sentinel: Clinton says Haitians to get temporary immigration status

January 14, 2010

Hillary Clinton

William Gibson writes in the Sun-Sentinel:

Many thousands of undocumented Haitians who live in South Florida and other parts of this country will be given a temporary legal immigration status to prevent their deportation, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated on Thursday.

When asked on CBS’ Early Show whether officials are considering giving Haitians temporary asylum in Florida or elsewhere, Clinton responded:

“Well, we have, as you know, many Haitian Americans. Most are here legally. Some are not documented. And the Obama administration is taking steps to make sure that people are given some temporary status so that we don’t compound the problem that we face in Haiti.”

The administration already has suspended deportations of Haitians in the immediate aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Haiti. But officials have stopped short of changing the immigration status of Haitians, which would extend beyond the crisis. [Read the rest here.]

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