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Florida congressional delegation asks U.S. to halt Haitian deportations

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Members of South Florida's Congressional delegation met today with the top Department of Homeland Security official, and asked that the U.S. temporarily stop deporting Haitians.

It was the first cabinet-level meeting on temporary protected status for Haitians in eight years and DHS Secretary Jane Napolitano was "very receptive," said U.S. Rep. Kendick Meek, D-Miami.

U.S. Representatives Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, all Democrats, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami joined Meek in the 45-minute meeting.

The protected status would allow undocumented Haitians already in the country to stay and work legally. The meeting comes a week after the first official response from President Barack Obama's administration denied the request, for now. It's a request Haitian advocates have been making for years.

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