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Velázquez and Gillibrand Press Trump Administration on TPS Rulings

April 18, 2018 |Press Release Nearly 100 Members of Congress Seek Answers from U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Immigration Program Washington, DC—Nearly 100 Members of Congress have written the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding answers on how the agency is administering the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.  The letter, led by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), presses Secretary Nielsen on recent TPS decisions affecting thousands of immigrants from Sudan, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti and Syria.  Signed by 80 Representatives and 17 Senators, the letter argues that the agency has failed to adequately justify ending TPS status for many covered countries and, in many cases, has also failed to make decisions in a timely, transparent manner, creating fear and uncertainty among immigrant communities.   “The Trump Administration’s capricious and arbitrary rulings affecting […]

WE HAVE RIGHTS: An Immigrant Empowerment Campaign

WE HAVE RIGHTS: Inside Our Homes from MediaTank on Vimeo. All the four vdieos are in seven languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Haitian Creole and Urdu. WHEN ICE IS OUTSIDE OUR DOOR ENGLISH – bit.ly/WHREng1 SPANISH – bit.ly/WHRSP1 ARABIC – https://vimeo.com/261334720 CREOLE – https://vimeo.com/261288865 MANDARIN – https://vimeo.com/261299828 RUSSIAN – https://vimeo.com/261312821 URDU – https://vimeo.com/261463891 WHEN ICE IS INSIDE OUR HOMES ENGLISH – bit.ly/WHREng2 SPANISH – bit.ly/WHRSP2 ARABIC – https://vimeo.com/261344311 CREOLE – https://vimeo.com/261290778 MANDARIN – https://vimeo.com/261307038 RUSSIAN – https://vimeo.com/261316844 URDU – https://vimeo.com/261465611 IN OUR COMMUNITIES, IN OUR STREETS ENGLISH – bit.ly/WHREng3 SPANISH – bit.ly/WHRSP3 ARABIC – https://vimeo.com/261349530 CREOLE – https://vimeo.com/261292780 MANDARIN – https://vimeo.com/261303755 RUSSIAN – https://vimeo.com/261321245 URDU – https://vimeo.com/261467745 IF ICE ARRESTS US ENGLISH – bit.ly/WHREng4 SPANISH – bit.ly/WHRSP4 ARABIC – https://vimeo.com/261351959 CREOLE – https://vimeo.com/261295906 MANDARIN – https://vimeo.com/261305471 RUSSIAN – https://vimeo.com/261324397 URDU – https://vimeo.com/261469405     #WE HAVE RIGHTS

For Immediate Release: New Suit Alleges Haiti Tps Termination Unlawful

For Immediate Release (EMBARGOED UNTIL 3-15-2018)  March 14, 2018 What: Press Conference at FANM on Filing of Haiti TPS Lawsuit Who: Lawyers, TPS Recipients, and Community Leaders Time: March 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM Location:  FANM, 100 N.E. 84 Street, Miami,  Florida , 33138 Contact:  Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, FANM, 305 756-8050 Sejal Zota, NIPNLG, (919) 698-5015 Ira Kurzban, (305) 444-0060 Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, IJDH, 786 877 6999 Clarel Cyriaque, Esq., 305 797-0141 New Suit Alleges Unlawful Conduct by Trump Administration Officials, Seeks Injunctive Relief to Prevent Deportation of Over 50,000 Haitian TPS Recipients   The Administration’s Decision to Terminate Program Exposes Complete Lack of Knowledge of Immigration Law Resulting in Violations of the Administrative Procedure Act, Plaintiffs’ 5th Amendment Rights and Regulatory Flexibility Act   A new suit filed this morning in the Eastern District of New York alleges violations of law and the Constitution by Trump administration officials […]

BAI and IJDH Stand up for Haitian Dignity

  BAI and IJDH Continue to Fight for the Dignity of the Haitian People in Haiti and in the U.S. Last month, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) joined the Haitian community in the United States and in Haiti in denouncing President Trump‘s disparaging remarks about Haiti, El Salvador, and all African countries. IJDH’s Brian Concannon told a crowd at a rally in Boston that, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.” Meanwhile in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney Mario Joseph decried the president’s comment while attending a grassroots activist’s protest at the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince. “On many occasions in the past we have been victims of imperialist countries, particularly the United States,” said Joseph rebuking Trump’s vulgar comments […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DHS Distorts Law and Precedent to Ignore Glaring Facts on Haiti TPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), steveforester@aol.com, +1 (786) 877-6999 Brian Concannon Jr., Excutive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), brian@ijdh.org, +1 (617) 652-0876 DHS Distorts Law and Precedent to Ignore Glaring Facts on Haiti TPS Advocates call decision on Temporary Protected Status for Haitians disingenuous, vow to continue fight The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), an advocacy group that supports equal treatment of Haitians in the United States, criticized the November 20 decision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. The decision was based on a finding that the “temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist.” Unconscionably, DHS refused to consider massive blows that struck Haiti after the earthquake that make it unsafe for Haitians to […]

Extending TPS is in the Best Interests of the U.S. and Haiti

On November 23, 2017, a decision is expected to be made regarding extending TPS for nearly 60,000 Haitians for an additional 18 months. These Haitian nationals have been granted the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. as Haiti continues to recover from a number of natural disasters since the 2010 earthquake and a cholera epidemic brought by UN Peacekeepers. Currently, Haiti is suffering from a food crisis, accessibility to clean water, and a loss in housing and infrastructure. To have thousands of Haitians return back to Haiti while the country is recovering and rebuilding can cause more harm than good. An end to TPS will create “a life-threatening humanitarian crisis” and will rip families apart. Read full report HERE

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