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Return of Haitian detainees delayed because of Matthew

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About 125 Haitians at the Charleston County jail awaiting deportation won't be going home any time soon.

Charleston Sheriff's spokesman Eric Watson tells local news outlets that another 125 are expected this week but none of them can be sent back to Haiti because of damage there caused by Hurricane Matthew.

They will be deported when conditions improve but it's not clear when that will be.

Matthew hammered Haiti this month before moving north and making landfall in Charleston County

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox says the detainees were already in this country and did not flee the hurricane. The federal government recently approved a proposal from the county to house detainees.

The jail gets $55 a day for each detainee housed.

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