Durbin Works on Haiti Assistance

Jun 29, 2015

The office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says he has met with officials in Haiti to discuss the status of U.S. assistance programs more than five years after an earthquake killed thousands.

Durbin's office says he and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida were in Haiti over the weekend. Representatives say they met with Haiti President Michel Martelly, U.S. Ambassador Pamela White and other officials. Durbin said in the release that he's "encouraged'' by recovery efforts that he has seen.

Discussions also addressed Haitian border issues after its neighbor, the Dominican Republic, said it would start deporting some non-citizens.

Durbin's office says it was his third trip to Haiti in 10 years.