Ricardo Devil, Independent Journalist.
Chance Alternative, a Haitian advocacy organization for deportees issues, believes that the US policies on deportation are currently insufficiently protecting the rights of individuals that are being deported. The organization knows of people that were deported while on probation, although they did not violate their probation, who are mentally disabled or suffering from severe illnesses.
Deportation is the removal of any non-citizen from a country to his or her native country, for reasons of either criminal activity or being without legal status.
The organization’s Executive Director, Michelle Karshan stated that at present Chance Alternative is party to a lawsuit against the US being brought before the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. The lawsuit challenges the unjust policies and practices of the U.S. against lawful permanent residents convicted of minor offenses.
Chance Alternative knows of many examples. A young man on probation of age 25 from Rhodes Island, Shyler Registre, was deported in 1999, although he did not violate his probation. He was serving a two years probation and was following all the procedures ordered. During one monthly visit to the probation officer, INS awaited his arrival, and deported him.
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