October 20, 2016
27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians have written Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to promptly inform them of her positions on crucial issues of concern to the Haitian American community, a key electorate, and for a meeting regarding these issues.
Noting that “Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, affecting two million Haitians; stranding hundreds of thousands; killing at least 1,000; obliterating tens of thousands of homes; destroying and inundating towns, livestock, crops, and livelihoods; and causing a surge in cholera cases,” they ask Secretary Clinton “to promptly inform of us of your views on the following concerns, which are of great importance to the Haitian-American community.”
In successive sections, the letter describes policy needs and “asks,” all made more urgent by Matthew’s devastation, regarding the needs for U.S. leadership to eradicate Haiti’s cholera epidemic and compensate its victims; to re-designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status; to expand the arbitrarily limited Haitian Family Reunification Program; to support the positive steps being taken by the interim authorities in Haiti to restart the electoral process; to engage the government of the Dominican Republic to reverse its discriminatory denationalization policies against citizens of Haitian descent; and for the Department of Homeland Security to revert to its pre-September 22 parole and non-detention policy.
The endorsers include a broad range of established service, immigration, labor, and advocacy groups and political and religious leaders, attorneys, and academics.
The letter concludes, “We hope to meet with you promptly, Madam Secretary, regarding these urgent community priorities and asks, and we thank you in advance for your consideration and prompt reply.”
Click HERE for the letter.