Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Cholera Victims Call on the U.S. and Other Member States to Fund the UN’s New Approach

The Trump administration will not commit to a U.N. appeal to contribute to the New Approach plan to compensate the victims of a cholera epidemic that has killed more nearly 10,000 Haitians and sickened  800,000 more. The disease was introduced into Haiti more than six years ago by infected U.N. Nepalese peacekeepers. It took U.N.  nearly six years to apologize to the Haitian people. During the public apology, the then- U.N. Secretary General  Ban Ki-mo0n promised to raise $400 million dollars from member states to provide assistance to the victims of cholera. So far the U.N. has collected only about $2.7 million from 7 of the 193 member states. The Trump administration has not contributed a penny to the fund, arguing that the U.S. should not pay for the U.N. irresponsibility.“What happened in Haiti was a travesty, and yet even after the U.N. belatedly […]

Haitian Officials Discuss TPS Extension With DHS Sec. John Kelly During His Trip

Secretary John Kelly declined to commit to extending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to more than 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. during his short visit to Haiti on Wednesday. During his visit, Kelly met with the Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, senior government officials, Head of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) Sandra Honoré and MINUSTAH Military Commander Brazilian Lt. Gen. Ajax Porto Pinheiro. Kelly’s visit came after his agency decided to only extend TPS for six months for Haitian nationals instead of the usual 18 months. This decision left Haitian TPS-holders wondering what is next for them after Jan. 2018.  U.S. lawmakers, Haitians and immigration advocates, who wanted the status to be extended for 18 months, were disappointed by this decision. Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS extension for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Read HERE the full article. […]

Rep. Ted Deutch: DHS’s Six-Month TPS Extension “Leaves Haitian TPS-holders living in uncertainty”

The Representative of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, Ted Deutch lambasted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s six-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS ) extension for Haitian nationals in an Op-Ed published by the Miami Herald.  Deutch urged  Secretary John Kelly to reconsider his decision, which he wrote, “should be based on humanitarian considerations — not arbitrary deadlines.”  The congressman added that  the DHS’s decision has done nothing than creating  fear and  unsease amongst Haitian TPS-holders. “This [decision] leaves Haitian TPS-holders living in uncertainty about whether they will be separated from their families and communities,”  Deutch wrote referring to the DHS’s disappointing decision.  Seven years after a 7.0 earthquake flattened Haiti’s capital, thousands of people continue to call makeshift tents and shelters their homes, and  the cholera outbreak introduced by the United Nations peacekeeping soldiers has not been put under control after […]

Both U.S. and Haiti Will Benefit from TPS Extension

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is expected to make a decision by Tuesday to extend Temporary Protected Status for nearly 60,000 Haitians have been residing in the U.S. in the past seven years. Those Haitians have become part of the communities where they live and the country’s workforce. They have worked,  paid their taxes and supported their loved ones back home. Haiti has been reeled by a series of natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, the cholera epidemic (which is still not under control), and the most recent one Hurricane Matthew that ruined the most southern part of the country last October. “The Haitian program is so important,” says Stephen Legomsky, a USCIS chief counsel during the Obama administration. Legomsky added, “There would be tremendous human hardship on a huge scale if thousands of people were to return to the country at […]

Cities Across the U.S. Await Looming TPS Decision

Nearly 60,000 Haitian nationals have been legally residing in the U.S. for the past seven years  could be deported if the Trump administration fails to renew Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. Haiti’s situation is still precarious. Failing to extend TPS for those Haitians will not only directly affect them and their families, but cities across the country would lose valuable members of the workforces and their communities. A wide range of advocacy groups, politicians, religious figures, doctors and unions have come out in support of TPS extension. Their reasons vary from humanitarian to practical reasons, but, despite some opposition, the message is clear: extend TPS for Haitians. Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension and its supporters, please visit our website. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. […]

Press Release: 330 Organizations and Community Leaders Urge TPS Extension

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), steveforester@aol.com, 786-877-6999 130 Organizations and 200 Individuals Urge Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation, Joining Bipartisan Political and Extensive Editorial and Religious Support (May 18, 2017) Today 330 organizations and persons serving the Haitian American community wrote President Trump, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, and Secretary of State Tillerson urging DHS to extend Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for another 18 months. “We concur with USCIS’s extremely detailed, 8-page single-spaced December 2016 review and assessment that the conditions warranting TPS for this group persist,” they wrote, noting bipartisan political and other support including powerful editorials by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, and New York Daily News. Incomplete earthquake recovery, an unchecked cholera epidemic introduced by UN […]

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