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AILA Gravely Concerned by Reports that USCIS Recommends Ending Protections for Haitian Nationals

 April 21, 2017 CONTACTS: George Tzamaras 202-507-7649 gtzamaras@aila.org Belle Woods 202-507-7675 bwoods@aila.org WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) expressed grave concern regarding reports that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is recommending that the United States end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals in January 2018. AILA President William A. Stock stated, “In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake’s devastating impact on Haitian infrastructure, the U.S. government offered temporary relief to Haitian nationals while they worked to rebuild their country. Since then, the country has continued to be ravaged by disease and political instability, which have been exacerbated by limited access to potable water, food, and medical services, and a lack of adequate housing. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, further damaging the already fragile island nation. It is impossible to reconcile the […]

Haitian Migrants Running Out of Options in Mexico

This article follows volunteer Hugo Castro in Tijuana as he orders and then brings supplies to a shelter there and finds out that all but one of the Haitian migrants living there have left. Apparently, the Mexican government is no longer funding the shelters and as they now rely solely on volunteers and donations, the Pastor heading this particular shelter has asked the migrants to leave. Castro is frustrated, knowing that the migrants have limited alternatives for shelter. He ultimately delivers his carload of supplies to a few other shelters still open in downtown Tijuana. The situation is bleak for the Haitians who travelled miles and miles, often through dangerous areas, to reach the U.S. border before the U.S. decided to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. Castro emphasizes that it is up to the people, not political leaders, to effect […]

Haitian Communities’ Stress Mounts as TPS Deadline Approaches

After the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. because the conditions in Haiti were too poor to accommodate them. Ever since then, the deadline has been extended every 18 months but now, major uncertainty looms over how the Trump administration will deal with TPS. Will they allow Haitians a more permanent path to staying in the U.S. as has been recommended by a Federal court in San Francisco, will they extend TPS for Haitians or will they end TPS altogether? Some Haitians are even being denied jobs due to the fear that their work permits will expire this summer. The continued suffering and hunger after the October 2016 Hurricane Matthew demonstrates that Haiti is still ill-equipped to handle a large influx of people. Haitians living in the U.S. are able to send remittances back […]

Detention and Deportations of Noncriminal Haitians Arriving from Mexico

Join the Haiti Deportation Response Network (HDRN)! On September 22, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began detaining for “expedited removal” (deportation) noncriminal Haitians appearing at Mexico-US border crossings; deportations began on November 3 and 8, despite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew a few weeks earlier, and number about 300 per week on three weekly flights to Haiti. DHS is detaining about 3,000+ of them in dozens of facilities remote from any available attorneys and Creole interpreters, facilitating their deportation in violation of their right to assert political asylum claims.  Among other steps, IJDH has created the Haiti Deportations Response Network (HDRN) to recruit attorneys and interpreters to address the crisis.  Relevant articles are below. See also our sections on asylum claim resources, on Food Insecurity after Hurricane Matthew, and on Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. —————————————- Developments On […]

Webinar on Haitian Asylum Claims

Join IJDH, CGRS Hastings, and Harvard Law’s Immigration Clinic for a webinar on Haitian asylum claims. This webinar is geared towards lawyers but anyone interested in helping is welcome to join. If the webinar is at capacity when you try to join, don’t worry – we will send the recording to registrants afterwards. Register here.

Migrants Face Impending Humanitarian Crisis Along Mexican Border

The situation along the northern border of Mexico is approaching a humanitarian crisis, experts say. Thousands of migrants lack shelter, food or any source of income, as uncertainty looms surrounding the possibility of asylum. Many individuals and civil associations are taking the initiative to launch pilot programs to help the dislocated migrants meet their basic needs. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Thousands Of Deported Haitians And Africans Wait To Cross The Border In Tijuana Aída Chávez, Konbini March 13, 2017 In recent years the number of deportees living in El Bordo zone that forms part of the drainage system from the Tijuana River located at the border with San Diego has escalated to catastrophic levels. According to the National Institute of Migration, this community of deported migrants is formed mainly of Haitian and African refugees, and between 2016 and 2017 reached almost 3,700 […]

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