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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 […]

Haitians seek temporary halt to deportations

By Jennifer Kay, Associated Press Writer http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-09-12-3105900038_x.htm Leaders of the largest Haitian community in the U.S. are again pleading to stop their countrymen from being deported to their homeland that has been racked by four deadly storms in the last month, saying it is not a safe place to return to and that money the immigrants send back would help stablize the impoverished Caribbean country. They want the U.S. government to grant temporary protected status to Haitians in the country illegally. The status allows immigrants from countries experiencing armed conflict or environmental disasters to stay and work in the U.S. for a limited time. Haitian-Americans have repeatedly pleaded for a halt to deportations to Haiti in times of strife — without success. And they want to know why no one seems to be listening, even as four successive storms have […]

Be a good neighbor to Caribbean

Miami Herald Editorial The 2008 hurricane season has not been kind to Caribbean nations. Haiti is in sodden tatters. Cuba has taken the brunt of what Ike delivered, and that after Hurricane Gustav slammed the island. The Dominican Republic may be better off than its neighbor, Haiti, but only because it was better off economically and ecologically before this year’s storms began pouncing. Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and parts of the Bahamas also have been pounded by storms, none meaner than Ike. And there are 2 ½ more months before the season ends. Having been blessed so far with no hurricanes, South Florida residents have reason to show their gratitude and their humanity by reaching out to our island neighbors. This is all the more natural because so many residents in this community have family and friends back ”home.” For […]

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