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Haitian Pending Deportation after Serving in Iraq

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 2:47 pm
by admin
Haitian Pending Derportation after Serving in IraqFrom: Jean-Robert Lafortune
Haitian-American Grassroots Organization
Date: 28 December 2004
Subject: Pending Deportation

Philippe Louis-Jean (25years old) a native of Haiti immigrated to the US with his parents 20 years ago (three weeks before his fifth birthday) and has never returned to Haiti. Mr. Louis-Jean joined the United States Marines in March 1999.

In August 2002, Corporal Louis-Jean was involved on the base with a lady who claimed to be 21 years old and apparently was not. He was court marshaled and sentenced to 45 days in jail (the Brigg). However, he was released after 37 days on good behavior. He was then reinstated and deployed to Iraq from January 2003 until May 2003.

In March 2004 he was called to the office (on base) to sign some papers instead a (immigration) Homeland Security agent arrested him. He has been incarcerated since at the San Diego Correctional Facility awaiting deportation to a country that he does not know.

His parents are both US citizens along with his five younger siblings. Corporal Louis-Jean applied for US citizenship in April 2002. DOHS rejected his application because he spent time in jail in the Marines and does not portrait the moral character to be a US citizen. (he served in Iraq afterwards)

This young man and his family need your assistance.

Please contact your elected officials to stop this unjust deportation. He has been punished long enough and has paid for the crime.

Good news!

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:42 pm
by admin
From the Haitian-Advocacy list-serve:
February 02, 2005
Good News - Phillipe Louis-Jean is free

Corporal Philippe Louis-Jean, the Haitian Born U.S Soldier has served in the U.S Marines is now free after he was arrested by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)in March 2004. A federal Judge ordered DHS to release Mr. Louis-Jean due to to technicality. According to his Lawyer, he needs to wait 90 days to see whether or not DHS is going request an appeal on the case.

Corporal Louis-Jean wants to thank all of you who had expressed concerns about his enprisonment at Camp Pendleton in San Diego during the past few months. After months of uncertainty behind bars, Corporal Louis-Jean is trying to put the pieces back together so he can reintegrate civilian life. Do not expect to see him soon in Miami; his lawyer advised him not to travel to Florida because of the recent immigrant crackdowns being conducted by DHS Agents in Haitian neighborhoods in South Florida.