The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, a partnership of 32 faith-based organizations, submitted a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday calling for a halt to deportations to Haiti:
We call on you to suspend deportations to Haiti until conditions on the ground improve considerably and workable policies can be put in place to protect the lives and dignity of returnees. Deportations place an unnecessary burden on a country still struggling to recover from a devastating natural disaster. Moreover, returning persons to Haiti right now needlessly and callously causes grave suffering and puts lives at risk. No person—regardless of his or her crime—should be sent back to Haiti in light of existing life-threatening conditions.
Read the full letter here.