US Immigration officials announced on January 13, 2010 that Haitian deportation would be halted in recognition of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti the day before. For nationals of most countries, US immigration deports or removes them to their home country either upon attempting to enter the US or after deportation proceedings have been concluded. When countries are experiencing unusual violence or hardships due to natural disasters, the US government may temporarily suspend deportation or removal for citizens of those countries. As Haiti will likely experience significant shortages of housing, food, water, and medical supplies as they recover from the earthquake, the US government has determined that deportation to Haiti is not desirable at this time. Haiti deportation will resume only when the situation in Haiti has stabilized.

UPDATE: The US has designated Haiti for TPS benefits. Even if you are or have been in deportation proceedings, you may qualify.