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Haiti says it can’t accept U.S. deportees

Haiti says it can’t accept U.S. deportees Storm damage has crippled island nation, leader says McClatchy-Tribune Oct. 4, 2008, 9:40PM MIAMI — Haitian President Rene Preval on Friday said his storm-ravaged country will no longer be able to accept U.S. deportees and — for the first time — publicly called on the Bush administration to allow undocumented Haitians living in the United States to remain until their homeland recovers. “Haiti will no longer be able to receive the deported individuals that the United States sends us on a regular basis,” Preval said at the closing address at the Americas Conference in Coral Gables, Fla. “This is the occasion for the United States administration to put in place for Haitians the benefit of TPS, the Temporary Protected Status, that has already been granted to other countries in the region such as […]

Change That Haiti Can Believe In, Part II: Haitian Diaspora Considers Immigration Policy in Storms’ Wake

From the Haiti Justice blog The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) are collaborating on a series of articles on Haitian-Americans’ priorities for a United States policy towards Haiti under a new administration. The series’ first article, on immigration, is below. SIPA’s Caroline Stauffer is conducting the interviews and writing the articles. The opinions in the articles are those of the interviewees, not necessarily of IJDH or SIPA. To join the discussion, post a comment!By Caroline Stauffer As a humanitarian gesture, the U.S. government should stop deporting Haitians to the country devastated by a series of hurricanes in August and September, activists told the IJDH. Observing the destruction on the ground, Jean-Yvon Kernizan said the U.S. government should protect Haitians living in the United States, even if […]

Half Hour For Haiti: Temporary Protected Status for Haitians!

    Update: Thanks to everyone who responded so generously to organizations featured in last week�s alert on hurricane response. We�ve heard reports of tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to those organizations from the Half Hour for Haiti Community. Thanks as well to everyone who has responded to the Raboteau Massacre Victims� Challenge, which ends today. It looks like we will raise over $36,000, which is 83% of the victims� goal of $43,000. We�ll be sure to put that money to good work fighting for justice for Haiti�s poor. The Jubilee Act appears stalled for now in the Senate. Sen. Tom Coburn (OK) has placed a �hold� on the bill, which will likely prevent a vote on it during the current session. The Act�s supporters in the Senate are negotiating with Sen. Coburn, in the hopes that a […]

Do more for Haiti, some lawmakers ask

By TRENTON DANIEL and JACQUELINE CHARLES Miami Herald The Bush administration’s decision to temporarily halt deportations to Haiti after four deadly storms does not go far enough, said members of a House Foreign Affairs panel who called Tuesday for the U.S. to step up its assistance to the storm-ravaged country. Not only should the administration treat Haiti with the same kind of urgency it showed Georgia after it was bombed by Russia, but it should afford undocumented Haitians living in the United States the same kind of temporary refugee status granted to Hondurans and Nicaraguans after Hurricane Mitch devasted those two nations in 1998, panel members said. ”It is now more imperative than ever that the United States grant Haitian immigrants Temporary Protected Status,” U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, said before the House subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. “TPS is […]

Deportations to Haiti halted temporarily

By Georgia East and Luis Perez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel September 20, 2008 Immigrations Custom Enforcement has temporarily halted deportations to Haiti, amid mounting pressure from some South Florida congressional leaders and local activists. Many have argued that it’s inhumane to send people to Haiti at a time when the country has been devastated by back-to-back storms. “We are aware of the situation on the ground and based on that there are no removals planned,” said Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for ICE. ICE said it will further review the situation in Haiti on a day-to-day basis, to determine how long the halt will last. “When we feel it is appropriate to resume we will notify Congress,” Gonzalez said.

Meek: Let Haitians stay in U.S.

Lesley Clark, Miami Herald September 13, 2008 En route to Haiti to see storm devastation, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek assailed the White House Friday for continuing to deport Haitians in the United States to the storm-wracked island. ”It’s gone far beyond reason for the administration not to give Haiti some relief,” said the Miami Democrat, who has asked the Bush Administration to grant Haitians in the United States temporary protected status to keep them here while the island nation grapples with the effects of four hurricanes. He suggested Haiti ”over-qualifies” for the designation, bestowed when the U.S. government determines eligible nationals are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing conflicts, environmental disasters or other “extraordinary and temporary conditions.” ”It is really cruel for the United States to do this, especially now under these circumstances,” said […]

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