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Extension of Temporary Protected Status to All Haitians

WHEREAS, Haiti was hit in 2010 with a disastrous earthquake which killed over 300,000 people and destroyed much of the country's infrastructure; and 

WHEREAS, there has been significant recovery much remains to be done; and 

WHEREAS, the social infrastructure recovery is struggling and is far from being fully operational; and 

WHEREAS, a recent study by the law schools of the University of Miami and the University of Chicago has shown the re-entry structure in Haiti set up by the United States is woefully inadequate; and 

WHEREAS, deportation can result in both physical and mental harm to detainees particularly those that are mentally ill; and 

WHEREAS, some legal opinion believes that deportations under post- earthquake conditions violate international law. 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the NAACP urges the United States to halt deportations of Haitians putting everyone under temporary protection status until conditions improve; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that as conditions improve so that some deportations of Haitians may be warranted, the NAACP should urge that deportations should be decided on an individual basis considering crime committed and the individuals condition in the context of conditions in Haiti; and 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that these decisions should be made by a judge with due process not an immigration officer. 

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