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Help Emigrants Aid Haiti

Tampa Tribune Editorial January 14, 2010 The United States, Haiti’s major benefactor and trading partner, is responding quickly to the disastrous earthquake that hit on Tuesday. Public and private contributions will be substantial. Yet there is something more the United States should do and it’s politically difficult: grant temporary protected status to Haitians living here illegally. Former President George Bush refused to do it, and President Barack Obama has dodged the issue, saying it should be part of “a broader conversation about immigration.” Time has run out. Haiti has suffered a disaster of unprecedented proportions. Estimates of the dead � and injured lacking medical care � are horrifying. An estimated 30,000 Haitians, many of them in Florida, are facing deportation from the United States back to a place where they cannot find work and likely cannot even find food and […]

Rescuing Haiti

Miami Herald Editorial January 14, 2010 Haiti’s long-suffering people can’t seem to catch a break.Just as signs of recovery appeared after a series of destructive storms and years of political upheaval, the earthquake that pummeled Haiti Tuesday inflicted incalculable damage and killed or maimed thousands. Among the prominent victims is the Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Msgr. Joseph Serge Miot, found dead in the ruins of his office.Entire neighborhoods are gone. Finding shelter for the destitute will be a major undertaking. The early Red Cross estimate is that the catastrophe affected three million people, roughly one of every three inhabitants.Tortured history This is one of the worst disasters to strike Haiti in the course of a long and tortured history. Even the once gleaming National Palace, a symbol of strength and resiliency in the face of calamity, collapsed. Streets once teeming […]

Lugar calls for granting Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to Haitians

US Senator Dick Lugar Press Release http://lugar.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=321525& U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar is calling on the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protective Status for 18 months to Haitian immigrants, in part, so they can send funds home to help their country. The devastating earthquake and ongoing aftershocks in Haiti since January 12 represent one of the most significant natural disasters to strike the Western Hemisphere in recent memory. The gravity of the situation was explained to me in detail during a conversation I had yesterday with Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), who is leading the U.S. government response, Lugar said. More than 3 million people have been directly affected and estimates reported by the Red Cross suggest that the number of casualties may […]

Ten Things the United States Can and Should Do for Haiti

By Bill Quigley, Center for Constitutional Rights http://ccrjustice.org/bill-quigley-ten-things-united-states-can-and-should-do-haiti 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 […]

STATEMENT BY DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY MATT CHANDLER

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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