"America is a place where everybody can become someone," Douna says before bedding down for the night, an expression of certainty on her pretty young face. "It's where everyone lives like human beings."As for the lady with "nowhere else to go", Senegal has offered refugees from Haiti free land. And for an alternative destination, one that must be suffering a labor shortage, see my 2001 pieceÂ Dear Mr. Fox: Please Find Attached our Poor/ Tired/ Dispossessed, Etc.
And besides, she says, "I have nowhere else to go."
After the earthquake, the Obama administration quickly announced that it was granting "temporary protected status" to the more than 100,000 undocumented Haitians estimated to be living in the United States, and suspending deportation proceedings. That status can be extended up to 18 months. ... To qualify for temporary protected status, Haitians have to prove that they were in the United States on or before the quake. But for people in the country illegally, that could be difficult to verify, and the would-be immigrants in Cap-Haitien are counting on that.[Haitians prepare for boat journey to Florida, By Scott Kraft, Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2010]