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President Obama: Redesignate Haiti for TPS and Expand HFRP Now!

Developments On October 20, 51 Florida groups and leaders wrote Hillary Clinton urging this and other actions: On October 18, the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board urged both TPS redesignation and HFRP expansion: On October 13, Senator Bill Nelson co-sponsored a letter from 12 U.S. senators urging TPS redesignation in light of Matthew: On October 8, the NYT editorial board urged TPS redesignation too and a halt to deportations: On September 27, Steve Forester (IJDH) and Marleine Bastien (FANM) op-ed urging such expansion at paragraphs 3-11:[] Background Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti underscores the need for President Obama before he leaves office in January to re-designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and to expand the severely limited Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) to save lives and help Haiti recover by generating life-sustaining remittances. A few days after the 2010 earthquake, the […]

12 US Senators Urge Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Senators Menendez, Nelson, Leahy, Durbin, Warren, Markey, Booker, Feinstein, Wyden, Franken, Brown, and Reed have joined in the calls for the Obama administration to re-designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was last granted to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake. After Hurricane Matthew, the Senators “believe the reports of widespread damage and destruction in Haiti make TPS designation appropriate.” They also request clarification of the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to pause non-criminal deportations to Haiti, given that the situation there was poor even before Hurricane Matthew. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Sens. Menendez and Nelson Lead TPS Request for Haitians in Wake of Hurricane Matthew Request clarification of new deportation policy of Haitians Senator Bob Menendez Thursday, October 13, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC – Following the devastation and humanitarian disaster suffered by […]

Congressman Hastings Urges Expansion of TPS for Haitians After Hurricane Matthew

For Immediate Release                                                                                                Contact: Evan Polisar October 12, 2016                                                                                                                (202) 225-1313 Hastings Urges President Obama to Expand TPS for Haitians Affected by Hurricane Matthew (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to […]

Faith Organizations Call for US Action on Cholera

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Haiti has experienced a spike in cholera cases.  Over 60 faith-based organizations have called on the Obama Administration to take action in partnership with the United Nations to provide immediate and comprehensive aid to Haiti as the cholera epidemic spreads. Faith leaders to Obama: Take Action on Cholera! Haiti Advocacy Working Group October 11, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jasmine Huggins, Church World Service (202) 481-6942 | Charissa Zehr, Mennonite Central Committee (202) 544-6564 Faith Leaders Urge Obama Administration to take a leadership role in eliminating cholera in Haiti Tuesday, October 11, Washington, D.C. – As cholera cases spike in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, more than 60 faith-based organizations and religious groups sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Kerry, urging them to exercise leadership at the United Nations (UN) to ensure that concrete steps are taken […]

NYT call for cholera justice, deportation suspension, and cautious generosity

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, people around the globe are eager to help victims of the hurricane in any way they can. The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the need to donate cautiously, and to organizations with a legitimized history of helping Haitians on the ground. The Board also analyzes the need for the next UN Security General, António Guterres, as well as member nations, to take up the UN’s obligation to eradicate cholera in Haiti, once and for all. Haiti’s New Catastrophe The Editorial Board, The New York Times October 7, 2016   Hurricane Matthew battered Florida and points north on Friday, having already wreaked deadly havoc in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. All those along its path need aid and protection and, when the wind and rain end, swift help in rebuilding. But Haiti needs […]

Obama under pressure to reverse new deportation policy after Matthew

Two weeks after the United States Department of Homeland Security announced it has resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants, Haiti was struck by one of the worst humanitarian disasters since the 2010 earthquake. Several US-Haiti affiliates, including IJDH’s Nicole Phillips, are calling on the Obama administration to reverse its decision in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Deportation to a disaster zone: Obama under pressure to stop crackdown on Haitian migrants as Hurricane Matthew wreaks havoc on island Daniel Denvir, Salon October 7th, 2016   Hurricane Matthew has, as President Barack Obama put it, “hit Haiti with devastating effect,” reportedly leaving at least 283 dead and thousands displaced. This calamity, however, comes just two weeks after the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it would resume the regular deportation of Haitians from […]

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