FANM Urges ICE To Halt the Deportation Of Mass Murderer Emmanuel “Toto” Constant and COVID-19 Positive Detainees To Haiti

FANM Urges ICE To Halt the Deportation Of Mass Murderer Emmanuel “Toto” Constant and COVID-19 Positive Detainees To Haiti

Emmanuel “Toto” Constant

MIAMI – The flight manifest for ICE’s Tuesday, May 26th deportation flight from Brownsville, Texas to Haiti includes 78 names, among them notorious former death squad leader and U.S. criminal Emmanuel “Toto” Constant.

Emmanuel “Toto” Constant has been linked to the murders of at least 3,000 people in Haiti. He has not served his full 37 year sentence in the United States and his presence in Haiti now would be highly destabilizing.

In addition, at least nine of the 78 scheduled deportees recently tested positive for coronavirus. Their presence risks turning the flight into a vector for coronavirus transmission among the other passengers, crew, and in Haiti itself. Haiti is unprepared and ill-equipped to handle a potential outbreak of this magnitude.

On May 10th, the Haitian scientific governmental panel on COVID-19 requested a moratorium on all U.S. deportations during the pandemic.

Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of Family Action Network Movement (FANM), stated, “The deportation of Emmanuel “Toto” Constant to Haiti endangers the entire country. Constant is a renowned human rights violator and his return during this time of crisis would cause even more political upheaval and chaos in Haiti. Deporting him and the nine sick detainees sets a dangerous precedent and the repercussions are irreparable.”

Steve Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, stated, “The United States is disrespecting and endangering Haiti and its people by intending to deport known coronavirus-positive persons. Haitian President Moise should follow the advice of his scientific advisors by halting deportations from the United States during the pandemic, which threatens to devastate an ill-prepared Haiti.”

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