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US Senators & Reps Urge DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

U.S. Senators and Representatives from Flordia wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly to extend Haiti’s TPS designation when the current 18-month period expires on July 22. Signatories include US Senators Rubio and Nelson and US Representatives Alcee Hastings, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Carlos Curbelo, Frederica Wilson, and Lois Frankel. March 24, 2017 Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20016 Dear Secretary Kelly: We write to encourage you to exercise your authority under Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a) to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals who have been residing in the United States and benefitting from this program. … Read the full letter here.

Haitian Migrants in Mexico Look Towards the Future

Thousands of Haitian migrants currently reside in Mexican border towns, stuck in a state of limbo after their dreams of political asylum in the United States were crushed. Many are seeking to start new lives by building houses and seeking approval from the Mexican government to work. The large influx of Haitian migrants to the area has created lively Haitian communities, where many are looking to turn their temporary situations into permanent homes. However, a large number of migrants are still waiting for approval from Mexico’s National Migration Institute to stay in the country, and this uncertainty poses major threats to their security and stability in the future. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Stranded Haitian migrants seek new home on Mexico-U.S. border Lizbeth Diaz, Reuters March 16, 2017 Kneeling on a patch of flat earth with a shovel in […]

Migrants Face Impending Humanitarian Crisis Along Mexican Border

The situation along the northern border of Mexico is approaching a humanitarian crisis, experts say. Thousands of migrants lack shelter, food or any source of income, as uncertainty looms surrounding the possibility of asylum. Many individuals and civil associations are taking the initiative to launch pilot programs to help the dislocated migrants meet their basic needs. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Thousands Of Deported Haitians And Africans Wait To Cross The Border In Tijuana Aída Chávez, Konbini March 13, 2017 In recent years the number of deportees living in El Bordo zone that forms part of the drainage system from the Tijuana River located at the border with San Diego has escalated to catastrophic levels. According to the National Institute of Migration, this community of deported migrants is formed mainly of Haitian and African refugees, and between 2016 and 2017 reached almost 3,700 […]

JVS Boston Hiring Career Coach

JVS -Boston is hiring two Career Coaches, one of which highly prefers bilingual proficiency in Haitian Creole and English. This Career Coach will work heavily with Haitian clients who have humanitarian parole or Haitian Family Reunification Parole recipients to improve English, follow up with their work authorization applications, and ultimately get jobs once they have work authorization docs. There might also be around 6 hours per week of teaching vocational English class. Interested internal candidates should send a cover letter and resume to resumes@jvs-boston.org. See full job description here.   JVS is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency. Our mission is to empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, and to partner with employers to hire, develop and retain productive workforces. JVS provides a broad range of services including adult education, skills training, job readiness training, job placement and support, and […]

Scams at U.S.-Mexico Border Target Haitian Migrants

Resumed mass deportations of non-criminal Haitian detainees leave migrants on the U.S.-Mexico with no where to turn; they face deportation in the States, possible persecution in Haiti and limited economic opportunities in the border towns they currently reside. This state of limbo leaves them vulnerable to scammers and human traffickers, who seem to provide a false sense of hope and security. Costly scams leave many migrants even more desperate, often resulting in prostitution, smuggling and other risky behaviors to survive. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. 30,000 Haitian migrants on the Mexican border targeted by scammers HaitiLibre March 1, 2017 Ariadna Estevez, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), who visited of refugees in Tijuana, Baja California, says that the majority of people trying to enter the United States today are of Haitian origin. Estevez recalled that the […]

Political Leaders Urge Extension of TPS for Haitians

New York City Council Member Dr. Eugene, along with a Haitian community organization, have launched a petition to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. Originally granted in 2010 after the earthquake, TPS for Haitians is now set to expire July 22, 2017. Since last year, legislators like Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congressman Alcee Hastings have been urging a halt to deportations of undocumented Haitians and extension of TPS. If this new petition receives 100,000 signatures, it will require an official response from the White House. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian legislator, US group urge Trump to renew TPS for Haitians Jamaica Observer February 26, 2017 NEW YORK (CMC) — A Haitian legislator and a community-based group have launched a petition urging United States President Donald Trump and the US Department of Homeland […]

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