No Haitian Deportation


According to William E. Gibson of the Sun Sentinel, almost 38,000 Haitians


nationwide sought refuge under the 1998 Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act.


The 1998 Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act allows Haitians immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since December 31, 1995 to become lawful permanent residents without applying for a visa at U.S. consulates aboard. Immigration advocates say thousand of applications are still pending and many children will become adults before their parents’ cases are decided. In the meantime, many Haitian immigrants face deportation. Haitians who arrived via aircraft using false documents are excluded. Rep. Kendrick Meek introduced a bill on Thursday which was a reform of the 1998 act.


I interview some of my co-workers concerning the bill. We are employed by the City of Boca Raton. Most of us are groundskeepers. Everyone who I interview has seen or has been in contact with Haitian immigrants. Two of them were born in Haiti and moved to the U.S. at a later date. The others have never heard of the 1998 act. First I showed them the article, and then I interview them. There was one person (Leroy) who believed that there were too many Haitians in the U.S. Leroy has had too many negative experiences with Haitian. He made it clear to me that he doesn’t hate them, but he feels that there are too many in one area.


All of the people who I interview believe there are politics behind this bill. They feel that the politicians are trying to win votes. Politics are one of the main topics of discussion. They all agreed that Haitian people deserve an opportunity to become U.S. citizens. I didn’t detect any hatred from any of them. They all had good things to say about Haitian people.