Even before Hurricane Matthew, Haiti was in no state to accept refugees deported from the United States. After the Hurricane, with the south all but destroyed, spikes in cholera and a precarious political situation, it makes even less sense to deport Haitians but the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will begin again. Elected officials in Florida, as well as advocates, urge the Obama administration not only to stop these deportations; but also to extend Temporary Status for Haitians and expand the Haitian Family Reunification Program. The latter has allowed only 1,952 Haitians who are approved for visas into the US, due to its arbitrary restrictions.
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Haitian-American Elected Officials Ask President Obama to Expand Family Reunification
South Florida Caribbean News
December 16, 2016
MIAMI – City of North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph and State Senator Daphne Campbell will be joined by North Miami Vice-Mayor Alix Desulme, Councilman Philippe Bien-Aime, North Miami Beach Councilman Frantz Pierre and others to ask President Obama to free 6,000 Haitian refugees, redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status based on Hurricane Matthew and expand the arbitrarily limited Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.
“Haiti on October 4 was devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which killed over 1,000 Haitians and nearly destroyed the entire southern peninsula, spiking cholera cases and affected two million people even as the political situation worsened. Deportations to Haiti were and are unsafe,” said Mayor Smith Joseph.
We ask President Obama and Secretary Johnson to release our brothers and sisters, and let them spend Christmas with loved ones,” added Vice-Mayor Alix Desulme.
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