Haitian Immigrants Deported

By Santiago J. Valenzuela

350 Haitian immigrants have been deported:

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities said the agency had rounded up more than 350 Haitians to be deported in January, a Press TV correspondent reported.

At least 100,000 Haitian immigrants have no legal papers, and could also face deportation.

The US government, however, said it is limiting deportations to people with criminal convictions, which can range from felony offenses to the most minor violations.

It is not made clear if these 350 are violent criminals or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It should be noted, however, that the reason there are 100,000 Haitians here illegally is because, even without the recent natural disasters, Haiti is a fairly bad place to live. The reason? A lack of freedom. Heritage ranks Haiti very low on its index of economic freedom. You will find that the vast majority of immigrants come here from countries with a lower score than the US. There is a very good reason for that.

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