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Haiti request not rejected -- not accepted

Despite a headline in today's Washington Times, "Haitian Refugees Rejected For Protected Status" -- the Department of Homeland Security says no ruling has been made on Rep. Alcee Hastings' request to grant temporary protected status to Haitian nationals currently residing in the United States.

Hastings was among a number of South Florida reps who met last week with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano -- -the first Cabinet level meeting on Haiti in 8 years.

DHS spokesman Sean Smith did say this week there's been "no change" in the department's policy on TPS and that "deportations to Haiti are continuing." He also delivered a sharp word of caution, warning Haitians against taking to the seas: "Let me be clear: No one living in Haiti right now should be attempting to come to the United States in hopes that they will be granted TPS."