Immigration Official Warns 40,000 Haitians On Their Way To U.S. Via California’s Mexico Border

KCBS_740SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top U.S. immigration official says 40,000 Haitians may be on their way to the United States amid what she calls an “emergency situation” on California’s border with Mexico.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana said Thursday in Washington that the estimate came from other governments during a recent trip she made to Central America.

Saldana told the House Judiciary Committee that word of the new arrivals contributed to the Homeland Security Department’s announcement on Thursday that it was lifting special protections shielding Haitians from deportation that were put in place after their country’s 2010 earthquake. She says changing conditions in Haiti also played a part.

The Haitians are coming from Brazil and traveling through Central America and Mexico.

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One Comment

  1. 101 says:

    That wall does not sound too bad now.

  2. Who cares, the more the merrier. Our border laws arent enforced. Honestly, just fire the border guards. Why should we discriminate against against those who arent lucky enough to figure out how to cross into the country

  3. Ben S says:

    It is sad that the 2010 earthquake did not level the entire country of Haiti. It is just another example of a country full of blacks that is a complete failure and has no purpose existing in our world.

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