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National and International Human Rights Organizations Call on Haiti’s Government to Renew the Mandate  of the UN’s Independent Expert on Human Rights 

The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and other international human rights organizations sent a letter to the Haitian government demanding that it renew the mandate of  Gustavo Gallon, the  United Nations’ Independent Expert on Human Rights in Haiti. The organizations stated in the letter that they regretted that the Haitian government rejected a proposal to extend Gallon’s mandate for a one-year period. They said that they hope that Haiti’s officials will consider the recommendations made by Gallon to advance human rights  in the country. A French version of this letter can be found HERE.

Take Action: Join Effort to Support TPS for Haitians

As many as 50, 0000 Haitians who have been living legally in the United States for the past seven years could be deported to Haiti if the Trump Administrations does not extend TPS for them before the expiration date in July. Take Action Today: Urge Congress and DHS to keep families together and protect Haitians by extending TPS for at least another 18 months. Faith Leaders and Faith-based Organizations: Make your voice heard and sign this letter to call on the United States to uphold its commitment and protect Haitian families. Take Action for Haitians Facing Deportation For Faith Leaders: Haiti TPS Extension Faith Orgs/Leaders Letter

Sixteen Democratic Senators Write Secretaries Rex Tillerson and John Kelly Urging them to Extend TPS for 50,00 Haitians 

On July 22, 2017, as many as 50, 000 Haitians could be sent back to their earthquake-ridden country if the Trump administration fails to take action to extend Temporary Protected Status for them.  Sixteen democratic senators, including, the Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Diane Feinstein and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick J. Leahy wrote Secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson urging them to extend TPS for Haitians who have been living legally in the United States for the past seven years. The Senators pointed out in their letter that the situation in Haiti has not improved enough to end TPS for Haitian nationals. They wrote: In light of continued difficult conditions in Haiti, we request that you extend the existing Temporary Protected Statu s (TPS) for certain Haitian nationals currently living in the United States, […]

Walt Disney Co. Supports TPS Extension

Allowing TPS to expire would affect communities across the United States, including the “happiest place on Earth.” Approximately 500 Disney employees will face deportation if their temporary protected status, a designation that allows more than 50,000 Haitians to legally reside in the U.S., is not renewed. Both Disney and Unite Here, the union representing many of the workers, support TPS extension; in a statement, Walt Disney Co. lauded the 500 workers’ integral roles in, and long-term commitment to, the Disney community and stated that the current situation in Haiti renders TPS extension necessary. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Hundreds of Haitian Disney employees may have to leave U.S. Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel April 25, 2017 About 500 Walt Disney World employees could be affected by a federal immigration agency’s recommendation that the United States soon end temporary protections for about 50,000 Haitians. […]

Boston Globe Calling on President Trump to Keep His Word by Extending TPS for Haitians

U.S. newspapers continue to press on the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50, 000 Haitians who are living  in the United States legally. In its April 24 editorial, the Boston Globe calls on President Donald Trump to keep his words. Last fall during a campaign rally in Miami’s Little Haiti, then candidate Trump told Haitian-Americans that he wanted “to be their biggest champion” whether they voted for him or not. Additionally, the Boston Globe countered the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, James McCament’s report in which he stated that “things have improved enough in Haiti to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.” The paper reminded Mr. McCament that “Conditions have not improved — if anything, the situation is more dire.” As many news outlets already did, the Boston Globe urged the Department of Homeland […]

U.S. Residents Under TPS Face Uncertainty as Deadline for Extension Approaches

What does life look like today for the tens of thousands of Haitians currently residing in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? The vast majority have resided in the U.S. for 7.5 to 15 years, and many have launched their own businesses, started families and created new lives; they overcame obstacles, such as the devastating earthquake, that initially rendered a return to Haiti dangerous and inhumane. However, the conditions in Haiti have not improved enough to warrant deportations, and the expiration of TPS would only exacerbate problems in Haiti. Haiti would lose an estimated $1.3 billion in annual remittances that are sent from U.S. residents back to family and friends. Additionally, many U.S.-born children would be forced to relocate to a country which they have never seen and in which they cannot speak the language. At this point, a return to Haiti would still be […]

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