Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Thousands of detained Haitians unsure of future in the U.S. or Haiti

Resumed deportations of Haitians pose immeasurable challenges for individuals who made the perilous journey to seek refuge in the United States. Between October 2016 and mid-January 2017, the U.S. deported 1,513 Haitians and thousands more remain in detention awaiting an uncertain future. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitians’ dreams dashed after costly US voyage Gulf Times February 12, 2017 John Stevens Val borrowed 3,000 from friends and family and trekked through 10 countries to make his way to the United States, where he hoped life would be better than in Haiti, his impoverished homeland. But in the end he landed in a US immigration detention centre and was deported back to Haiti, deep in debt and struggling to integrate, like so many other Haitians. Val, 28, left home after a devastating 2010 earthquake that wrecked the […]

Congresswoman Clarke works to protect Haitian nationals from deportation

In the aftermath of recent legislation affecting U.S. immigration policy, many refugees and undocumented immigrants fear for their lives as they face potential deportation to their country of origin. Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke is now advocating for new legislation to protect Haitian refugees from returning to a country still rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew. The Haiti Emergency Relief Act of 2017 would apply to Haitian nationals who were in the U.S. before November 4, 2016 and extend Temporary Protected Status to these eligible individuals for 18 months. Haitians were originally granted TPS after the 2010 earthquake so that they could seek refuge in the United States and also send remittances to Haiti to support family members still there. Clarke believes that the money generated from remittances of TPS grantees would play a major role in helping Haiti recover. Part of the article is shown below. […]

Citizenship & ESOL Classes at Irish International Immigrant Center

The 10 week course is designed for immigrants who wish to become US Citizens, and who need assistance in meeting the required level of English.  The course will help students improve their English, and confidence while preparing for the naturalization exam and interview. The course includes preparing for the questions that will be asked at the interview, and 1×1 tutoring services are also available. Please pass the flyer on to any person or organization that might be interested. The IIIC is also happy to print and hand-deliver any amount of flyers. Contact Marisa Bennett at mbennett@iicenter.org or 617-542-7654 if you have any questions. See the flyer here.

U.S. immigration policies lead Haitians to seek refuge in Mexico

Concerned about resumed deportations and uncertain immigration policies in the United States, more than 7,000 Haitians in the Mexican state of “Baja California,” and over 10,000 Haitians in the entire country, are seeking refugee status in Mexico. However, many are blocked from continuing with the administrative process because they do not have access to the office of the Mexican Commission of Assistance to Refugees, at which they must apply for the refugee status. Fearing a return to their home country, thousands of Haitians are now locked in a state of immigration limbo. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. More than 7,000 Haitians seeking refugee status in Mexico HaitiLibre January 29, 2017 In fear of the migratory measures that the new US President, Donald Trump, wants to apply, more than 7,000 Haitians locked in the state of “Baja California”, in Mexico, seek […]

Overwhelmed shelters in Mexico house thousands of Haitian migrants

Mexico’s border towns are struggling under an influx of immigrants, who no longer view the United States as an option to seek refugee status. Most Haitians have had to find shelter and food in the unknown territory, relying on more than 30 shelters providing for Haitians in Mexico. However, none of these shelters are government-run, and civil society groups and individuals face significant obstacles in meeting the refugees’ basic needs. The article is shown below in its entirety. Click HERE for the original article. As Migrants Strain Border Towns, Pressure Builds on Mexico to Act Kerk Semple, New York Times January 27, 2017   Even before President Trump decided to build the wall, this Mexican border city was already overwhelmed. So many Haitian migrants, traveling across the Americas, began arriving here last year with hopes of crossing into the United States that churches, community […]

With TPS Expiring, Haitians Fear Imminent Deportation

Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status in 2010 after the earthquake but President Obama’s administration resumed deportations to Haiti before he left office. Prospects for Haitian immigrants now seem even worse, as the Trump administration has vowed to deport millions of immigrants. IJDH’s Steve Forester explains that deportations are particularly inhumane with Haiti still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and the government unable to help more people. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitians in US Dreading Deportation Caribbean360 January 26, 2017 NEW YORK, United States, Thursday January 26, 2017 –Haitian-born Bernedy Prosper and his son Harold have called the United States for more than a decade now, but deportation is now staring them in the face. A broken Prosper, 52, laments that this is worst thing possible, even suggesting that death awaits his 23-year-old […]

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