WASHINGTON, January 21, 2010 (AFP) The United States will prohibit access to their territory and repatriate any Haitian boat people fleeing their country after the earthquake, said Thursday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"Ordinary laws on immigration apply, which means we will not accept the United States Haitians try to reach our shores," she said at a news briefing: " They will refuse entry, they will be repatriated.
U.S. agencies for border surveillance had said on Wednesday not to have seen a massive influx of Haitian boat since the earthquake of January 12.
The chief U.S. diplomat said that Washington had granted a temporary asylum on humanitarian grounds, to Haitians who were without valid papers in the United States at the time of the earthquake January 12.
Clinton also stressed the commitment of the United States to increase their assistance to residents of Port-au-Prince fleeing the Haitian capital for the benefit of the surrounding countryside.
"We try to provide more help there, more shelter, food, medicines, and of course water," she reported: "People feel safer in the countryside we want to support.