US considers temporary protection for illegal Haitian immigrants

US considers temporary protection for illegal Haitian immigrants

[JURIST] The US government will consider on a case-by-case basis allowing Haitian illegal immigrants who were victims of Tropical Storm Jeanne to stay in the US, so long as they are not violent criminals. Bill Strassberger, from the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, stated that the bureau will consider immigrants who entered the country illegally and those who overstayed their visas. This type of temporary protection has been granted before, for example, to victims of Hurricane Mitch (1998) in Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Roger Noriega, US assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, and Gov. Jeb Bush met with Haiti interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue Friday in Florida. Latortue requested that the US temporarily halt all deportations of Haitians illegally in the US. AP has more.