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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bipartisan letter from 57 US Congresspersons Urges President Obama to Halt Haiti Deportations

57 Bipartisan Representatives have signed a letter urging President Obama to postpone Haitian deportations. Preceding Hurricane Matthew, Haiti was already in an unfit state to receive deportees as many in the country were still living in make-shift housing after displacement from the 2010 earthquake. The recent devastation is putting more pressure on the Obama administration to reverse its immigration policy change. For Immediate Release                                               For More Information Contact: October 6, 2016                                                            Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile)   House Democrats and Republicans Urge President Obama to Postpone Haitian Deportations More than 50 Democratic and Republican House lawmakers from 20 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have joined Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on a letter to President Obama urging his administration to reconsider a decision to deport undocumented Haitians back to their troubled nation. Since […]

Haitians to be Deported After Grueling Trip to U.S.

After the 2010 earthquake, Haitians were welcomed into Brazil to find new opportunities. Now that the economy there is in a downturn, thousands have started coming to the U.S. to seek a better life. At first, border agents were allowing them to come in through Southern California. Now, the Obama administration has decided to tighten its immigration policies regarding Haitians  and deport most of those without visas as soon as they reach the border. Many of the people at risk of deportation have crossed through several countries–as many as nine–to reach the U.S., facing incredible obstacles and costs along the way. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitians, After Perilous Journey, Find Door to U.S. Abruptly Shut Kirk Semple, The New York Times September 23, 2016 TIJUANA, Mexico — They passed the corpses of other migrants […]

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