Haitian invasion welcomed in rural America
15 February 2012 Last updated at 11:14 GMT
Mount Olive is a small town in rural North Carolina, best known for its pickle factory and southern charm. Less than two years ago the Census listed this place as having zero immigrants from Haiti among the town's 4,600 inhabitants. But over the past 18 months that has changed as thousands of Haitians have flocked to the area.
The BBC's James Fletcher has been to Mount Olive to find out why and to see how the town is coping.
Produced by the BBC's Franz Strasser.