WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it will allow
Haitians already in the U.S. illegally to remain because of this
week's catastrophic earthquake.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano granted the
temporary protected status on Friday.
The protection is only available to Haitians already in the
country as of last Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Napolitano temporarily halted deportations of
Haitians, even those already in detention.
Temporary protected status is granted to foreigners who may not
be able to return safely to their country because of a natural
disaster, armed conflict or other reasons.
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