Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

TODAY: Contact White House & Congress & Urge Others to Help

Please online-message and spread the word TODAY!

Today, Monday December 19, contact the White House, DHS, and Congress to stop Haiti deportations, redesignate Haiti for TPS due to Hurricane Matthew, expand the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP), and fund UN cholera eradication and justice efforts!  

ASK PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO DO THESE THINGS NOW!

President Trump Needs to Hear From the Haitian Diaspora And Its Supporters!  REDESIGNATE TPS, EXPAND HFRP, HALT DEPORTATIONS, ERADICATE CHOLERA!

 
TPS was designed for disasters like Matthew rendering deportations unsafe! And only 1,952 Haitians have succeeded under HFRP (compared to over 100,000 under the Cuban program)! Like deportations to a nation reeling from Matthew, inaction on TPS and HFRP makes no sense; and the UN’s cholera eradication plans need US funding. PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD ACT NOW!

CALL TO ACTION: Contact the White House, your Representative in Congress and the Department of Homeland Security TOADAY!

WHITE HOUSE:

Submit your message online at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact for President TRUMP.

Here’s what you can write: “Mr. President, please urgently redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status due to Hurricane Matthew’s massive destruction in October; expand the much-too-limited Haitian Family Reunification Program, under which fewer than 2000 people have succeeded, defeating its purpose to create an orderly outflow mechanism and help Haiti recover by generating remittances; and stop the unsafe deportations to Haiti which DHS resumed in November! Haiti is reeling from Matthew and can’t safely reintegrate deportees! And the US must do its full part to fund the UN’s cholera eradication and justice plans! Thank you, Mr. President!”

CONGRESS:

1. Dial the Capitol Switchboard – 202-225-3121. Ask to be connected with your Representative’s office. (Click here to find your Representative by zip-code; Click here to find your Senator by name or zip-code.)

2. You will be connected with Your Representative’s receptionist. Ask to speak to the staff person who handles immigration policy or international issues. (If the receptionist can’t connect you with the aide who handles Haiti, you can just ask the receptionist to take down your message and relay it to both the staff person and to your Representative.)

3. Whether you speak to the staffer in person or just leave a message on his/her voicemail, here’s what you can say:
 
“My name is ___________ and I am a constituent from __(your city)___.  I am calling to ask that Representative ___________ please immediately urge President Obama to redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status due to Hurricane Matthew’s massive destruction in October; expand the much-too-limited Haitian Family Reunification Program, under which fewer than 2000 people have succeeded, defeating its purpose to create an orderly outflow mechanism and help Haiti recover by generating remittances; and stop the unsafe deportations to Haiti which DHS resumed in November! Haiti is reeling from Matthew and can’t safely reintegrate deportees! And the US must do its full part to fund the UN’s cholera eradication and justice plans! Thank you!

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY:

If time permits, Secretary Jeh Johnson: Comment Line 202-282-8495 and simply amend the message to Obama (above) by replacing “Mr. President” with “Mr. Secretary”
 
You can use your own words if you prefer, but remember to keep it brief. Do not worry that you are not prepared for a long discussion. The staff member will just take your message without asking for more details.

Be sure on your calls to thank everyone for their time!
 
Please write and call today, Monday, December 19! And tell your friends and family to write and call too, and share this with others. Let’s show how powerful our united voices can be! Thank you for taking a minute and making this important contact.
 
In solidarity,
 
Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, Fanm Ayisyen nan Miami (FANM), Haitian Women of Miami, Inc.

Jean Robert Lafortune, Chairperson, Haitian American Grassroots Coalition (HAGC)

Jimy Mertune, Representative, Collective in Solidarity With the Victims of Cholera (Collective Solidarité Avec Les Victimes de Cholera), Orlando, FL

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