Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian and Canadian Activists Demonstrate in Front of Quebec Olympic Stadium in Support of Refugees  

Worried about Trump’s next  move, hundreds of TPS recipients which have been predominately Haitian have fled from the United States to Canada. Some Haitians have been held at Quebec’s Olympic Stadium waiting for Canadian authorities to process their documents. Meanwhile, pro-immigration activists demonstrated in front of the Stadium to show their support to the refugees. It is important to point out that Haiti is and won’t be ready to welcome thousands of its citizens who have been living in the U.S. for the past seven years and more. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website Read the full story HERE. Hundreds gather outside Olympic Stadium in support of refugees by Matt Grillo, Global News, August 6, 2017 Just outside where approximately 500 asylum seekers are being housed in a temporary shelter inside Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, hundreds gathered for […]

Recent Study from the Center for Migration Studies Shows That Ending TPS  Would Negatively Impact the U.S. Economy

According to a study published by Center for Migration Studies in New York, deporting people from TPS-designated countries would negatively negative impact the United States economy. The study also shows that more than 80% of the approximately 325,000 immigrants are tax payers working in crucial industries for the U.S. The United States could see a reduction in its GDP, ‘banks would see defaults in mortgages” and foster care would see cost increase due to thousands of orphans left behind by the immigrants. “It’s a lose-lose-lose option,” said Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website Read the full article HERE. Study says doing away with immigration program would harm economy  Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service Citing the significant economic contributions of immigrants under a federal program known as Temporary […]

Haitian TPS-Holders Anxiously Awaiting Trump’s Decision

After finding refuge in the US, many Haitians still remain in fear after the Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status  (TPS) for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates urge  Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for at least 18 months for Haiti. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website Read Full Article HERE These Haitians Found Refuge From Earthquakes, Cholera, and Poverty. Now Trump Plans to Send Them Back. Nathalie Baptiste Mother Jones But, in October 2010, “UN troops inadvertently introduced a still-unchecked cholera epidemic,” said Steve Forester, the immigration policy coordinator at Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, an advocacy group. “Haiti hadn’t had cholera in at least 100 years.”
Cholera is an illness caused by an infection of the intestine, which […]

Haitian Advocates start 180 day countdown to extend TPS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status  (TPS) for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  Haitian activists and Haitian advocates started an 180 day countdown to push the trump administration to extend TPS and also continue to work with U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates urging Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for at least 18 months for Haiti. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website Read Full Article HERE Haitian advocates start 180-day countdown urging Trump administration to extend TPS Ayanna Runcie  Miami Herald A 10-year-old girl from Miami who could be deported from the U.S. if Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, isn’t extended for Haitians joined a campaign Monday to raise awareness of the issue. “I’m not afraid, but I have to be concerned about it,” Vanessa Joseph said […]

Haitian TPS-Holders Anxiously Await Trump’s Upcoming Decision

Haitian TPS-holders which amount to as many as 58,000 in the United States are overwhelmed with fear as they await Trump’s next move. Last week 26 U.S. senators wrote secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson urging them to extend Temporary Protected Status  for ten countries, including Haiti. Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates continue to ask the Trump Administration to re-designate TPS for Haiti for least 18 months. Haiti has been rilled by a series of natural disasters in the past seven years. The country is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people and from last year’s Hurricane Mathew that devastated its southern peninsula killing thousands of people and destroyed livelihoods of farmers. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Full Article HERE Haitian Immigrants With Temporary Status Await Trump’s Next Move New […]

Activists, Lawmakers Continue to Urge DHS Extend TPS for over 50, 000 Haitian Nationals

Over 50,000 Haitians who were granted  Temporary Protection Status (TPS) following the 2010 earthquake and have been living in the United States for the past seven years could be sent back to Haiti next January. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly extended TPS for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months which has not only caused fear, but further proves that Haiti  won’t be ready to welcome back haitians who were deported through TPS. We urge the DHS to extend TPS for Haitians for at least 18 months. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Full Article HERE Plea to Trump to Extend Haitian Temporary Protected Status Alan Warnick, NY Daily News  July 17, 2017  Q: I am here lawfully with Haitian Temporary Protected Status. I read that the Department of Homeland […]

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