Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

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 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   

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