Obama Gives Illegal Haitians Temp Amnesty
Iowa rep objects: Deported, they could help with relief
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2010 8:21 PM CST
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – President Obama today gave Haitians in the US illegally the OK to stay for 18 months under “temporary protective status” while the quake-devastated nation rebuilds. And while critics don’t see much daylight between that and a blanket amnesty, one Republican says if the illegal immigrants were sent home, their homeland could use their help.

“Illegal immigrants from Haiti have no reason to fear deportation,” Iowa Rep. Steve King tells ABC News, “but if they are deported, Haiti is in great need of relief workers, and many of them could be a big help to their fellow Haitians.”