Repeating Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands will resume deportations of Haitians who were in the British Caribbean territory illegally before their country’s devastating earthquake, the Associated Press reports.

Immigration authorities in the island chain just north of Haiti consulted with officials in Britain and decided the temporary suspension of deportations was no longer warranted, the government said in a statement.

The deportation ban affected only Haitians already in the Turks and Caicos before the January 2010 earthquake, while illegal immigrants who arrived later have been regularly sent home.

Turks and Caicos was among several jurisdictions in the region that suspended deportations after the quake on humanitarian grounds in an effort to help impoverished Haiti recover from the worst natural disaster in its history. The U.S. has extended what’s known as temporary protected status for Haitians until Jan. 22, 2013.

In the Turks and Caicos, immigration authorities will focus on illegal immigrants…

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