Friday, April 2, 2010

A Haitian man who was airlifted by the U.S. military following January's earthquake was freed Thursday from a Florida immigration detention center. (April 1)

Nina Bernstein has reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released three dozen Haitian earthquake survivors from immigration detention in Florida yesterday.   This was after more than two months in ICE custody.
"Among the first to be freed was Jackson Ulysse, 20, whose request for release described how sounds in the jail made him fear another earthquake and panic that he would not be able to get out. He had been trapped when his family’s apartment building collapsed in the quake, in which many relatives died.
He and his brother, Reagan Ulysse, 25, had been detained together until March 11, when Reagan was abruptly transferred to a distant immigration jail, leaving Jackson not knowing where he was." -Nina Bernstein, N.Y. Times.
So let me ask you this, why does it take an embarrassing article from the New York Times to shame the Obama administration into doing the right thing for immigrants?

It took a march on Washington for President Obama to even give lip-service to the issue of immigration reform, and prior to the bad publicity he seemed content with doing nothing to address the promises he made when campaigning.

In all fairness, I do understand that the President has a lot of his plate these days.  After all, the business of deporting 400,000 immigrants in 2010 is taking up a fair amount of his administration's resources.

Appalling doesn't even begin to describe it.

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