Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Brian Concannon: Jean Juste is an American resident

In response to my previous post, Brian Concannon responds

Fortunately asylum is the one thing we do not need to worry about right now for Fr. Gerry. He is a legal resident of the U.S., so under US law he can stay as long as he wants, unless he is deported for criminal activity or extradited, neither of which is likely.

Fr. Gerry has said that he wants to return to Haiti to clear his name. I have no doubt that he would do so, even if his lawyers advised him that it was too dangerous. We are hoping to make that unnecessary, by convincing the court of appeals to dismiss the baseless charges.

There’s a broader effort to stop all deportations to Haiti, based on the conditions you mentioned in your blog. For more on that, see Motion to Stop Haitian Deportations on our website.

I hope this answers your questions, let me know if you have more, and thanks for caring about justice in Haiti.

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