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Kirsten Gillibrand urges help for Haitians

SOURCE: TEXT: By MEREDITH SHINER | 1/13/10 12:31 PM EST Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is asking President Barack Obama to grant temporary protected status to Haitians illegally living in the United States — a move that would prevent people from being deported to the earthquake-devastated country. In the wake of a 7.0 earthquake that has devastated Haiti — where Haitian President Rene Preval has reported thousands have died — the junior senator from New York urged Obama to move quickly. “I am renewing my call to President Obama to grant these families temporary protected status so they do not have to live in fear of having to immediately return to a country ravaged with devastation,” Gillibrand said in a statement Wednesday morning. In her letter to Obama, Gillibrand said temporary protected status is “needed because there is no way […]

Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Matt Chandler

SOURCE: Press Office, U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityContact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010 “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary John Morton today halted all removals to Haiti for the time being in response to the devastation caused by yesterday’s earthquake. ICE continues to closely monitor the situation.”

IJDH Director Brian Concannon Interview on Jordan Rich Show

Hear Brian Concannon on the Jordan Richard Show, WBZ, Boston here.

High Commissioner’s Strategic Management Plan 2010-2011 (UN)

From the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights See page 97 on Haiti Click here to view the report:

No good reason not to give Haiti TPS

Miami Herald Editorial It defies logical comprehension that the U.S. government refuses to grant Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to Haitians living in this country, as it has done for residents from other countries torn by political turmoil or natural disaster. Haiti was ripped apart by three storms in four weeks this summer and faces a Herculean challenge merely to feed and house the tens of thousands of people who lost everything they had in the devastation. Haiti had not even recovered from Tropical Storms Noel in 2007 and Jeanne in 2004, which together killed 2,566 people when this year’s storms hit. Plea to administration Haiti President Rene Preval, Catholic bishops, members of Congress and international leaders, among others, have pleaded with the Bush administration for months to provide TPS to Haitians — to no avail. The only thing left to […]

Bursting the Dam of Containment

by Justin Podur A review of Peter Hallward�s Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment (Verso, 2007). Haiti has never had a period without interference in its sovereignty. Indeed Haiti�s history could be seen as one long, heroic struggle against such interference: first to overthrow the slavers and colonizers of France (and the rest of Europe), and then to fight for sovereignty against the US, which viewed Haiti as part of its domain, to dispose of according to its own whims. Those whims included a brutal invasion and occupation by the US Marines from 1919-34, during which Haiti�s government, military, and financial sector were re-organized in the US interest. US policy included support for the Duvalier dictatorships for decades after the occupation, and support for military governments since the end of the Duvalier era in 1986. In […]

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