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Ten Things the United States Can and Should Do for Haiti

By Bill Quigley, Center for Constitutional Rights Bill is Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems. Two. Do not allow US military in Haiti to point their guns at Haitians. Hungry Haitians are not the enemy. Decisions have already been made which will militarize the […]


DATE: January 13, 2010 SOURCE: Press Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010 STATEMENT BY DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY MATT CHANDLER “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.”

U.S. to Halt Deportations of Undocumented Haitians due to Earthquake

Toluse Olorunnipa and Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald January 13, 2010 The Obama administration is temporarily suspending deportations of undocumented Haitian nationals who are in the United States, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday at a news conference in Miami. But there are no immediate indications from the Obama administration that it would grant Haitian nationals Temporary Protected Status in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake. Better known by its acronym TPS, the immigration benefit is given to certain immigrants in the United States who cannot safely return to their countries because of armed conflicts, natural disasters or other emergencies. Those eligible for TPS are allowed to remain in the United States. Haitian activists have sought TPS for years to no avail. Speaking at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center in Doral, Crist said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told him by telephone […]

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Urges Help for Haitians

By Meredith Shiner, Politico 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 to safely return Haitian citizens to their country” and continued […]

US Discriminatory Immigration Policies Toward Haitians

by Stephen Lendman Atlantic Free Press It’s a familiar story for Haitians – last in, first out for the hemisphere’s poorest, least wanted, and most abused people here and at home. Most recently it was highlighted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announcing the resumption of over 30,000 deportations to a nation reeling from poverty, repression, despair, the devastation from last summer’s storms, and occupation by UN paramilitary Blue Helmets – since 2004, illegally there for the first time ever to support and enforce a coup d’etat against a democratically elected president, at the behest of Washington. On December 9, ICE resumed deportations after halting them in September following summer storms that battered the country leaving 800,000 people without food, clean water, other essentials, and for around 70,000 their homes. ICE spokeswoman Nicole Navas announced: “We fully expected […]

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