Haitian and African migrants seeking asylum in the United States, line up outside a Mexican Migration office, on October 3, 2016, in the border city of Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California.
Hurricane Matthew's destruction in Haiti has put on hold a new policy of deporting Haitians who are in the United States without permission, but the government intends to return to it in the future, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Oct. 11.
Speaking in Mexico City where he held talks with Cabinet officials on border, migration and security issues, Johnson noted that some flights to Haiti have been suspended in the wake of the storm, which has killed hundreds of people.
"We will have to deal with that situation, address it, be sympathetic to the plight of the people of Haiti as a result of the hurricane," he said. "But after that situation, after that condition has been addressed, we intend to resume the policy change that I brought about several weeks ago."
The United States stopped deporting Haitians after the Caribbean country was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2010, freeing them on humanitarian parole instead. On Sept. 21, Homeland Security began putting Haitians in detention facilities as a prelude to sending them home.