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Lawyers seek delay in deportation of Haitian illegal immigrants

[JURIST] Lawyers across the country filed motions Thursday asking immigration judges to reconsider sending illegal immigrants back to Haiti. The motions are in response to the decision of the Department of Homeland Security [official website] to continue deporting Haitian immigrants, despite the presence of widespread violence and human rights violations in the country. The United Nations [official website] and the State Department [official website] have both reported numerous rights violations [JURIST report] and kidnappings in Haiti since former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide [BBC profile] was ousted from power [JURIST report] in 2004. Lawyers say the immigrants should be granted temporary protected status, which protects immigrants whose return to their native countries presents an extreme threat, allowing them to remain in the United States until conditions improve. The New York Times has more.

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