Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Remittances are too low

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial It’s easy to forget, when lamenting about high gas prices and the mortgage crisis, that the U.S. economy does not only affect the residents of this country. In South Florida, where immigrants are the financial lifeline for relatives in their home countries, the economic strain also reverberates in the Caribbean and Latin America. Statistics unfortunately now show that remittances to Mexico, for example, have dropped so low that businesses and construction projects are in jeopardy. The payments have decreased by about 2 percent this year to $11.6 billion, The Associated Press reported. Experts put the blame on the sluggish U.S. economy. This also raises concerns about Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. With the country now struggling with a food shortage and natural disaster due to recent hurricanes, the citizens of Haiti and other […]

Help for Haiti The U.S. should temporarily stop deportations.

Washington Post Editorial THE UNITED STATES occasionally grants immigrants from countries in extreme economic or political turmoil “temporary protected status,” or TPS, which means U.S. removals to those countries will stop for a specified period. The designation is given to people from countries or parts of countries that have ongoing armed conflicts, recent environmental disasters or other conditions that prevent nationals from being returned home safely. On all these fronts, Haiti is a slam dunk. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, it has been battered perennially by political instability, financial hardship, violence, hurricanes, earthquakes, AIDS, bad luck and worse leadership. The U.S. State Department warns Americans who are visiting Haiti about the “chronic danger of violent crime,” all the while repatriating Haitians to a death zone. Still, when Haiti applied in 2004 for TPS, it was turned down for […]

Reprieve for a beleaguered Haiti

Boston Globe Editorial http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2008/03/16/reprieve_for_a_beleaguered_haiti/ LAST MONTH, Haiti’s president, René Préval, wrote to President Bush asking for a favor: For the time being, please stop deporting Haitians who are in the United States without legal status. It’s a controversial request – one that would affect perhaps 20,000 people who entered this country illegally, are seeking asylum, or are appealing immigration decisions. The proposal is a tough sell politically, but it makes global sense. Préval wants Bush to grant Haitian immigrants “temporary protected status.” It’s a legal time-out for immigrants who come from countries facing crises such as armed conflicts and natural disasters. The status already applies to certain Nicaraguan immigrants, who are covered because of devastation caused in 1998 by Hurricane Mitch. Immigrants from El Salvador are covered because of earthquakes there in 2001. To make his own case, Préval points […]

Forced Apart: Families Separated and Immigrants Harmed by United States Deportation Policies (Human Rights Watch)

By Human Rights Watch July 1, 2007  Click HERE to see the original article   

Miami Judges Tougher on Asylum Cases (Miami Herald)

By Lesley Clark, Miami Herald Where asylum seekers live may play a role in whether they are allowed to stay in the United States, a study shows. Immigration judges in Miami are about half as likely on average to grant asylum to refugees as their peers in 14 other U.S. cities, according to a national study that identified ”amazing disparities” in the handling of immigration cases. The study, which analyzed 140,000 decisions by 225 immigration judges and took particular aim at the nation’s busiest courts, found that Miami’s 21 immigration judges on average granted 23 percent of the requests that came before them. The national rate was 40 percent. Haitian asylum seekers — the top nationality by volume in Miami — fared even worse: 15 percent were granted asylum, according to figures provided by one of the study’s authors. Asylum […]

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