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Immigration Advocates Urge Congress to Act to Protect Haitian TPS-Holders

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is designed to help immigrants of countries that are temporarily experiencing extraordinary distress, and the Trump Administration has recently announced the end TPS for many countries, including Haiti. Last November, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminated Haiti’s TPS designation. Steve Forester from the Institute of Justice and Democracy (IJDH) and other immigration advocates decry DHS’ decision and vow to fight for just immigration policy that will keep Haitian families together. Haiti has been reeled by a series natural and man-made disasters in the past eight years, including an uncontrolled cholera epidemic that was introduced by UN peacekeepers in the months following the 2010 Earthquake. Read the full article HERE. This is what will happen once Temporary Protected Status is revoked for 300K immigrants By Samantha Grasso, February 4, 2018 Eight days into the new year, […]

IJDH’s Brian Concannon Decries Trump’s Vulgar Remarks and Vows to Fight for Just Immigration Policy

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)’s Executive Director, Brian Concannon told a crowd that Trump’s Vulgar remark is an insult to the dignity of the Haitian people. Concannon said, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.” Watch him addressing the rally in Haitian-Creole.

Haitians Rally in Boston to Denounce Trump’s Vile Remark

Under the umbrella of Haitian Americans United (HAU), Haitians and their allies rallied outside of Boston City Hall denouncing Trump’s disparaging comments regarding Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. The Trump administration recently terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Salvadorans and Haitians. Local elected officials, as well as Senator Edward Markey (D–MA), decried the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s last November decision and vowed to continue to fight for fair and just immigration policy that keeps families together. Read the article HERE. Haitian-Americans rally for permanent residency, protest Trump’s vulgar remark By: Laney Ruckstuhl, January 26, 2018 Haitian-Americans waved flags from their native country and demanded dignity as they lined the steps of Boston City Hall Friday, rallying against President Trump. Despite chilly weather, more than 100 people gathered for the rally organized by Haitian-Americans United. Around noon, the rally was […]

Haitians Protest Against Trump’s Vile about Haiti and African Countries

Haitian protestors chanted and waved signs in response to Trump’s disparaging comments about Haiti and all the 43 African countries in front of the U.S embassy in Port-Au-Prince. In addition to his comments, Trump Administration has said that as of July 2019, Haitians who have been allowed to stay and work in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are expected to leave the country. So fight back today! Call your Senators and Representatives (or the Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 and say where you live). When you reach your Senator or Representatives’ office, relay this simple message: I am deeply concerned about President Trump’s remarks about Haiti and other countries. But I am more concerned about the termination of Temporary Protected Status that threatens 50,000 Haitians and their families. I urge you to stand up for my values by publicly […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DHS Distorts Law and Precedent to Ignore Glaring Facts on Haiti TPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), steveforester@aol.com, +1 (786) 877-6999 Brian Concannon Jr., Excutive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), brian@ijdh.org, +1 (617) 652-0876 DHS Distorts Law and Precedent to Ignore Glaring Facts on Haiti TPS Advocates call decision on Temporary Protected Status for Haitians disingenuous, vow to continue fight The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), an advocacy group that supports equal treatment of Haitians in the United States, criticized the November 20 decision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. The decision was based on a finding that the “temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist.” Unconscionably, DHS refused to consider massive blows that struck Haiti after the earthquake that make it unsafe for Haitians to […]

Extending TPS is in the Best Interests of the U.S. and Haiti

On November 23, 2017, a decision is expected to be made regarding extending TPS for nearly 60,000 Haitians for an additional 18 months. These Haitian nationals have been granted the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. as Haiti continues to recover from a number of natural disasters since the 2010 earthquake and a cholera epidemic brought by UN Peacekeepers. Currently, Haiti is suffering from a food crisis, accessibility to clean water, and a loss in housing and infrastructure. To have thousands of Haitians return back to Haiti while the country is recovering and rebuilding can cause more harm than good. An end to TPS will create “a life-threatening humanitarian crisis” and will rip families apart. Read full report HERE

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