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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 […]

Church World Service Demands TPS, No Deportation for Haitians

Last month, Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the US Department of Homeland Security would resume non-criminal deportations to Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew, Haiti is devastated and at increased risk of cholera outbreaks, as it is a waterborne disease. Now is not a time for deportations, but increasing Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, as was done in after the 2010 earthquake. Church World Service’s action alert below demands just that. ——————— October 12, 2016 Dear Friend, Last weekend, Hurricane Matthew decimated Haiti, a country that was already struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. In the wake of the earthquake, the U.S. government promised to help displaced Haitians and support the country’s recovery. The U.S. government designated Haitians who were already in the United States in 2011 for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Still, 65,000 Haitians have been displaced in their own […]

US Pauses Deportations to Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

Given the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to pause its planned deportations of Haitians coming to the US-Mexico border. When Haitian migrants started arriving in large numbers to the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego, DHS had decided to resume non-criminal deportations to Haiti, which had been on hold since the 2010 earthquake. It is unclear how soon conditions in Haiti will improve, or how soon the deportations will be resumed. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. US policy on deporting Haitians on hold in wake of hurricane Peter Orsi, The Washington Post October 11, 2016 MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti has put on hold a new policy of deporting Haitians who are in the United States without permission but the government intends to […]

Update on Haitian Entrants to San Diego

Update on Haitian Entrants to San Diego from Alliance San Diego director Andrea Guerrero Alliance San Diego September 30, 2016 US Shuts Out Haitians – Exacerbates Humanitarian Concerns:  On September 24th, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) abruptly halted humanitarian parole for Haitians arriving to our California border, citing changed country conditions in Haiti and the need to deter more people from coming. The news came as a shock given that our own US State Department has issued travel warnings for Haiti, which is suffering from political and economic instability and is still recovering from natural and other disasters including a devastating earthquake followed by a hurricane followed by a cholera epidemic that have displaced or killed countless Haitians. At this moment, another natural disaster, Hurricane Matthew, is hurtling towards Haiti. The country has no sitting president and is embroiled […]

U.S. Hypocrisy Towards Haitian Migrants

This article analyzes the hypocrisy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. The decision came soon after President Obama spoke about the need to have “open arms” for refugees around the world at the United Nations General Assembly. DHS’ justification of the deportations – that country conditions are stable enough and that Temporary Protected Status and the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) will help Haitians – also rings hollow. Haiti is still facing both a cholera and a political crisis, both of which the U.S. was involved in. HFRP is also severely limited, leaving thousands who have been approved for visas waiting in Haiti for up to 13 years. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Obama’s contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers Opal Tometi, The Hill September 28, 2016 […]

U.S. Plan to Deport Haitians Raises Fairness Questions

September 22’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy change – resuming noncriminal Haiti deportations to Haiti (for the first time since the 2010 earthquake) despite continued unstable conditions there – shocked and disappointed Haitian Americans. It also renewed questions about the fairness of DHS’ Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP). Renewing deportations can only be destabilizing, since Haiti is in no position to receive additional deportees. Meanwhile, as of June 30, only 1,952 beneficiaries had been approved under HFRP, which was created in part to generate additional remittances to help Haiti recover. (In contrast, DHS has welcomed over 100,000 under its Cuban FRP.) The low HFRP number is due to DHS’s arbitrary limitation of eligibility to beneficiaries already within at most three years of getting their visas, although the approved wait list extends to about 13 years. DHS should expand HFRP to include those further years back on the wait […]

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