Deferred Enforced Departure (DED approved December 23, 1997)
F.A.N.M organized locally and nationally to persuade President Clinton to approve DED to protect Haitians who will eventually qualify for HRIFA from deportation. Many in the administration resisted claiming that DED would open a floodgate of Haitians coming from Haiti by boat.
F.A.N.M, in collaboration with the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition argued that there was no precedence for such position in meetings with Immigration officials, Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and many others in the Clinton administration.
On December 23, 1997 President Clinton agreed to defer for one year the deportation of Haitian nationals who were paroled before Dec. 31, 1995 and/or who filed for asylum.There was no floodgate from Haiti after DED was approved and implemented.