Deportations of Haitians from the U.S. rose 1699 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, largely due to a change in policy under the Obama administration at the end of his second term, according to government data.

In Fiscal Year 2017, 5,578 Haitians were expelled from the U.S. – a significant increase from the 310 who were deported in FY2016, making Haitians the fifth most-deported population behind Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans last year.

That increase coincided with an overall decrease in deportations from the U.S.: 226,119 people were removed in 2017, nearly 6 percent fewer than in 2016 when 240,255 people were deported, according to federal data. Continue reading

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