Haitian American voters seek a conversation with Secretary Hillary Clinton on humanitarian issues. 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians wrote a letter requesting a meeting with Secretary Clinton. The letter asked for the Secretary’s positions on human-rights issues, specifically petitioning for Temporary Protective Status re-designation for undocumented Haitians. An additionally alarming concern is the November 20 election in Haiti. If immigrant rights are human rights, a humanitarian approach would respect immigrants, fulfill their basic rights such as voting, protect the most vulnerable immigrant, and promote non-discrimination.
“Fifty-one Florida based leaders want to know what Hillary Clinton would do and will do on these issues,” said IJDH’s Steven Forester.
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In Miami, Haitian-American voters grapple with mixed feelings about Clinton
by Jacqueline Charles, with Patricia Mazzei. Miami Herald
October 29th, 2016
Haitian Americans have continued to seek a conversation with Clinton. Last week, as she visited South Florida with President Obama, 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians wrote to her asking for her positions on issues of concern to the Haitian American community, and for a meeting regarding them.
Among the issues: whether re-designation of Temporary Protected Status for undocumented Haitians would continue and Clinton’s position on the upcoming elections in Haiti.
The letter came on the heels of Hurricane Matthew, which devastated southwestern Haiti, killing at least 546 people, according to the government’s official tally and wiping out 100 percent of the crops in some areas.
“Fifty-one Florida based leaders want to know what Hillary Clinton would do and will do on these issues,” said Steven Forester, a longtime activist in South Florida’s Haitian community.
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