Chicagoans rally for immigration protection for Haitians

January 15, 2010 3:42:45 PM PST
The Obama administration says it will allow Haitians, already in the U.S. illegally, to remain because of this week's catastrophic earthquake.Dept. of Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano granted them temporary protected status Friday.

The protection is only available to Haitians already in the country as of last Tuesday.

In Chicago Friday, some immigrant groups joined forces on South Side before the Obama administration made its announcement. They were calling on the president to allow temporary protected status to Haitian nationals in the United States.

They say, that way, Haitians in the U.S. can work and send their earnings to loved ones back home.

"We must remember that the best way to help Haiti, in the long run, is to provide the kind of legal status that that will help Haitians here work and contribute towards the reconstruction," said Alie Kabba of the United African Organization.