Home­land Se­cu­rity chief, Haiti pres­i­dent dis­cuss refugees

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

PORT-AU-PRINCE | Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary John F. Kelly made a brief visit to Haiti on Wed­nes­day less than two weeks af­ter the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion sug­gested that 58,000 Haitians in the U.S. should get ready to re­turn home.

Mr. Kelly met pri­vately with Pres­i­dent Jovenel Moise and other of­fi­cials on the grounds that used to house Haiti’s domed Na­tional Palace be­fore it pan­caked in a dev­as­tat­ing 2010 earth­quake.

Af­ter a 90-minute meet­ing, Mr. Kelly said he told Moise that the two coun­tries could “work to­gether as we move for­ward on any fu­ture ex­ten­sions” for Haitians fac­ing repa­tri­a­tion from the U.S. But he stressed that the United States’ hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­gram for Haitians was never meant to be per­ma­nent.

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