U.S. closes door to Haitian earthquake survivors


SAN DIEGO (KUSI) —The United States is closing the doors on thousands of Haitian immigrants who want to come to the U.S.

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security announced a policy change that prevents more survivors of the Haiti earthquake from entering the U.S. through the San Ysidro Border.

It's important to know what these people are not. They are not illegal. They are not refugees. They are not asylum seekers.

They are seeking humanitarian help.

Andrea Guerrero is with the human rights group, Alliance San Diego. 

She's apprehensive about the change in policy, which may send more arriving Haitians into immigration detention.

And with no assurances that Haiti will send the paperwork to bring them back, she said hundreds of Haitian families could be locked up indefinitely. The Haitians who entered the U.S. earlier are not affected by this order. They are still covered by something called, "temporary protected status," which runs into 2017.

Watch the interview here.