France Suspends Expulsion Of Illegal Haitians

France Suspends Expulsion of Illegal Haitians

By David Gauthier-Villars
The Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2010

Frances Immigration Minister Eric Besson instructed his administration on Wednesday to stop deporting illegal immigrants from Haiti, the ministry said in a statement released Thursday.

Mr. Besson said earlier this month that France expelled 29,000 illegal immigrants last year, about as many as in 2008.

An estimated 50,000 Haitian nationals, including those with residence permits and illegal immigrants, live in France.

The French directive follows a U.S. move Wednesday to temporarily halt the deportation of Haitian immigrants.

About 30,000 Haitians have orders to leave the U.S. and about 160 are in detention, the Associated Press reported, citing Homeland Security Department figures.


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