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Updated: Confusion Over Haitian Deportations After Victim's Fiance Blames US Gov For Death

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Claudine Magloire mourns the recent death of her husband, Wildrick Guerrier
Between sobs, Haitian-American Claudine Magloire accused the U.S. government of responsibility in the death of her late fiancé, Wildrick Guerrier.

Guerrier was deported to Haiti on January 20 despite complaining of stomach pains. He died two days later.

"They are the cause of my husband's death," Magloire said during a press conference this afternoon. "If he hadn't been sent back (to Haiti), he would be standing here today."

UPDATE: A few hours later, the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center released word that the federal government had suspended the deportations for the month of Februrary. However, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson told Riptide Thursday that the deportations would continue as planned.

The mood of the conference was a mixture of grief and outrage.

Immigration activists are incensed that, just a year after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed roughly 300,000 Haitians, the Obama administration has restarted deportations to the cholera-stricken island.

"The US government has blood on its hands," said Cheryl Little, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) that hosted the event. She said that of the 350 Haitians awaiting deportation in several jails in Louisiana, 27 -- including Guerrier -- had been deported to date. After Guerrier's death, however, the other 26 were released from Haiti's notoriously disease-ridden jails.

It's not yet clear if Guerrier died of cholera. He and 25 other detainees were already weakened from a week of hunger strikes that ended only a few days before their deportation.

Magloire said that Guerrier was worried about contracting cholera in a Haitian prison when they spoke over the phone before his deportation. He was released a day later after becoming seriously ill, only to die the next day.

Mere Meregne Longchamps, the wife of another Haitian detainee awaiting deportation in Louisiana, said she was "terrified" of what would happen to her husband if he was also sent to a Port-au-Prince jail.

The Department of Homeland Security has said it is only deporting Haitians convicted of violent crimes. Records show Guerrier was charged with several felonies in Broward County including cocaine possession, resisting arrest, and battery of a police officer. It's unclear which -- if any -- of these resulted in conviction.

But both Magloire and Little ridiculed the notion that Guerrier was a convict worthy of deportation.

"He was one of the guys (the other detainees) looked to for emotional inspiration," Little said.

"He was a loving, loving, loving man," Magloire added between tears.


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Ssuarez305
Ssuarez305

Wow is all I can say, All of you comment that if you are illegal or a non-citizen and commit a crime than you get or should be deported... Your very wrong that facts are that the difference in getting picked up by ICE is 1 day. If you commit a crime and get sentenced to a 365 you do it in county and as long as you ae a perminent resident you do not get picked up. If you get sentenced to a 366 which is a year and a day you do your time in state prison.... So in other words if you have a suspended drivers license and you are caught driving more than twice in Miami FL that is a felony and based on a score sheet can sentence you to a 366... Again you have a INS hold 60 days before you relese day ICe will pick you up take you to INS and wait till you have a classification officer assigned that will release you or deport you in the case of Cubans you have to go in front of an INS judge and sign a card of deportation meaning when the USA has political ties with Cuba and it is willing to accept Cubans back you will then get picked up and deported, In the mean time you have to report like a parol to INS every 60 days, Not knowing when it will be your lucky day... In my opinion it is not fair that you comit a non-violent crime pay your debt to society never comit another crime let alone a traffic ticket and 20 somthing years later after you are a buisness owner family person and homeowner not in foreclosure you can get picked up and your life turned upside down.... I speak from personal experiance and that is why money talks and bullshit walks and a new law is going into affect to give clemency to ex non violent offenders that have more than 10 yrs clean to stay in this country.... Our prison and our tax paying money is too busy supporting drug offenders and fist time offenders and that is why in 2010 the crack law came into affect and took away the mandatory minimum law and now is going to congress to become retroactive.... These are all facts not opinions....

Colecturia
Colecturia

If you let them Cubans in using an outdated law going back to the Kennedy years, then it is time to lower the resistance against Haitian inmigration.

George
George

The ONLY people to blame for the death of ANY Haitian are the Haitian people themselves. They have had 100 years to get a grip and still can't find a prayer in the bible. They are hopeless, should stop blaming everyone else for their misery, and then GO BACK`HOME TO HAITI where they belong.

Deport Criminals
Deport Criminals

Commit a crime while here illegally and INS should definitely deport.

Arty
Arty

Olga I agree and I value your morals

LILINE
LILINE

It is bad enough that the beautiful Island of Haiti is suffering with CHOLERA there's hardly safe home for the people who's living there and the american government have the nerve to restart deportation. I just wish that the haitian government and the people's that currently live in haiti would open their eyes and see that american is only NOT in good faith trying to help haiti they looking out for themself. How come the haitian can't come to america & do what they please, but, is it ok for the american government go to haiti and do whatever they please and no one can stop them and let them know this land belong to the haitian they're in control of their land....... PLEASE ASK YOURSELF THAT QUESTION?

Buffalo_Soldiers
Buffalo_Soldiers

@Jean,

You are right, the US is for Americans. Haiti is in the Americas. We are therefore, Americans. Did you even graduate high school?

P_Nis
P_Nis

Note to self, think twice before going on a hunger strike...

Jean
Jean

When I moved to the US from Haiti, my mom told my brother and I that as immigrants, we are guest in the US we had to be model citizen and be on our best behavior.. If we break US law, they would deport us. The US belongs to Americans, they can commit crimes and get to stay home. when someone allow you in their home you have to behave better than their own children. It's sad he died, but you can't blame the US for that. we all have to take responsibility for our actions.

Cane
Cane

"He was a loving, loving, loving man," - A loving man who broke the law.

Andy
Andy

admitting and deporting are two different issues. and the "resistance" was lowered when Haitians were granted TPS status. and fyi, regarding deportation of Cubans, the old days of using those laws has come to an end. They are deporting cuban immigrants now too!!!

Burton
Burton

ITS IGNORANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT GIVES THE REST OF US A BAD NAME DICK HEAD.

patsmith
patsmith

I don't know if you are a real American; however I'm wondering if you really know the History of this Country. I agree with you that we should go back to our country, at least we know were we came from, Do you?

Guest
Guest

Whites in this country like you have had hundreds of years to get your dumb fucking inbred selves together. Yet you persist in being white skinned apes, spreading hate against blacks, and other nonwhites, bankrupting the nation, spreading filth in the mass media, being the largest race on welfare (because most of the country is white and poor), and a host of other ills. Idiots like you deserve the depression, you deserve to have corporations kick your ass. Go back to Europe where your ancestors fucking came from. No one wanted your asses on this continent anyway, asshole.

Andy
Andy

How can you say that everyone should be allowed to come here and run amuck? as Olga pointed out, people from Haiti are called HAITIANS, while citizens of U.S. are AMERICANS, did YOU graduate from High School? I am all for immigration and diversity and melting pot and all that, but when you in here acting a fool YOU GOT TO GO!!! GUH BYE!!!!

Jean
Jean

BS, I move to the US in 1990 @ 10yrs yrs old. graduated HS in '97 from Irvington NJ, graduated college in 2001 from Rutgers NJ, graduated Law school from FSU 2004. like I said US of A belong to Americans, USA called its citizen Americans, Haiti called its citizen Haitians. the point is I know I am a guest in this country so I did what my parents brought me here to do, to obtain an education. a lot of knuckle head immigrants don't get it. you can't take someone else country for granted. USA do not belong to everybody, every country is sovereign and they set up their rules and regulations. .

His family should have went to Haiti and get him out of jail, its cheaper that paying an immigration lawyer.( I've done it before. it's not like US jail, you pay somebody and they get release).and set him up in a place to stay. you need about $500 -1500 USD to rent a studio. Im tired of people acting like returning to their country is a death sentence. I have been to Haiti plenty of time and going to haiti is not the end of the world. I would rather be in Haiti than in Jail. If the USA decide that I should go home, i would empty my bank account and go home. If you want to stay in the US follow the rules. It's not that complex! yes everyone makes mistake and they pay the consequences, you go to jail and you get kicked out the USA

Olga_irene_ace
Olga_irene_ace

@Buffalo_Soldiers, there is no need for you to belittle people. What he meant to say was the United States of America. For your information Haiti is not part of the USA. I understand that you are trying to make someone feel stupid, but you knew exactly what Jean was implying.

Hotshot206
Hotshot206

come on jean not everybody is perfect my man haiti is not stable right for anybody to get deported, make sense of this and stop being ignorant, im pretty sure you dont gotta a clean record. haiti is and no position for deportee's

Anita Labady
Anita Labady

How hearless can you possibly be! so you just wasted your time to type this heartless comment! what if it was one of your family member! Are you perfect? Are you God? Everybody make mistakes including you and me!Murderers, pedaphiles! and more in America gets a 2nd chance! they do their time and get released! But why do haitian have to die because of lesser crime! i mean crime or no crime! Come on this is not fair!Haiti is worst than ever but yet Ice asked Obama Administration to resume the deportation! wowww all i have to say is yes the US government has blood on its hands all of those people that were involved with the deportation God will judge you!God please have mercy on Haiti! Help them all especially all the beautiful children.

Andy
Andy

Veg, you do sound full of hatred. I am BLACK and I agree. If you are here as an immigrant and you break the law, then you get what you have coming. I feel the same for citizens, you break the law you go to jail, as a non-citizen, you break the law you go back to your country! Period. And everyone is mad at the U.S. why is no one mad at the Haitians for putting him in jail. if he would not have gone to jail in Haiti then he would probably STILL BE ALIVE!!! Please properly place the blame. U.S. didn't kill him....HAITI DID!!!

Srsly
Srsly

Jesus. You're calling out other people for being bigots? Hate is hate. It sounds like you're pretty fucking bigoted to me.

Guest
Guest

He was dumb enough to phrase it like he did so he meant it. Stop apologizing for a bigot.

Andy
Andy

Why should the U.S. bear the financial burden for people who come from other countries and disobey the law, especially crimes of which he was charged, selling drugs, fighting police officers etc., not someone I'd want to raise my kids around. He knew when he came Haiti was unstable, seems like he should've acted like he had some since while he was here. Again, as I stated before, U.S. didn't kill him....HAITI DID!! If they would not have placed him in a cell with SEVENTEEN other convicts, he would probably still be alive.

Olga_irene_ace
Olga_irene_ace

@Anita, It depends on the type of crime. I agree with you about second chances, however the article says it was a violent crime. If he murdered someone, or did something absolutely unspeakable then he deserved to be deported. But I think ICE made a mistake by not listening to the deportee. If he says that he wasn't feeling well they should have checked just to be on the safe side. Sounds like ICE dropped the ball on this one.

Jo
Jo

No has to die but you do have to obey the law. I have a Colombian family member who was recently deported back to Colombia - he was a screw up and had it coming. I'm not going to make excuses for him. Living in the US is not a right it's a privilege. A lot of immigrants tend to take this for granted. My parents worked hard to bring me here and I've worked hard to stay here.

Olga_irene_ace
Olga_irene_ace

@Jo, I totally agree. My family is Cuban and up until a couple of years ago Cubans would not be touched by ICE, however I always felt that it should apply to everyone, including my fellow Cubans. If you come to the USA and start breaking laws then you don't deserve to be here, no matter what country you come from.

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