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29644: Pershing (reply) Re: 29642: kathleen (reply) Re: 29637: (news) Chamberlain: U.S. and Haiti at odds over deported criminals (fwd)

From: tjpershing@aol.com

I looked into this during my last research in Haiti- The reality (which courts in the US are starting to address) is that the original legislation is being interpreted to include offenses not originally intended to cause deportation (recent Supreme Court agreed, only Thomas was in the minority). When the effect of this Clinton era policy is taken as a whole- that is, including the effects such as deporting gang members back to El Salvador from LA, - where they have regrouped and expanded their operation across the US- (see the recent Crisis Group report on Haiti)- primarily as drug operations- the trade off has been enormous.Think of it this way- deporting violent criminals, bred on the US street, is in essence freeing them into societies where their only skill is their criminal talents- They aren't monitored or put on probation (as if such practices could be managed with Haiti's current Judiciary) and are particularly vulnerable to corrupt police and gang members, even if they want to avoid criminal life. The US is currently putting hundreds of millions into Haiti (some 794 mil in USAID funding- which of course means lots of work for US contractors but still will put hundreds of millions onto the ground in Haiti). The success of the current attempt to stabilize Haiti, by almost all accounts, rests on resolving the security situation. If, as the PM claims (and I would like verifiable proof) it is deportees that are heavily involved in Kidnapping and violent crime, will security- and then stability and progressive development- ever be possible with hundreds more deportees arriving? Wouldn't a forward thinking US government realize that this policy, at a time in Haiti when prisoners are regularly escaping from the National Prison and the police force is still considered 25% corrupt, is counter productive and should be administered differently until Haiti can contend with the consequences? This is, in essence, a policy of handing over well trained, usually multilingual and reasonably well educated criminals to the drug cartels and transhipment operators- furthering the potential for instability and insecurity, which is exactly what they want. Then again, that's not the US's problem, right?

In the end, why should Haitians pay an even higher price for the illegal drug habits of millions of middle class Americans and Europeans?