Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti Is Not Ready To Take In 58,000 Unemployed Haitians

Since the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. government has granted 58,000 Haitians the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This could be terminated by next month. U.S. lawmakers from both parties, immigration advocates and church leaders urge the current administration to extend TPS for 18 months to allow Haitian TPS-holders to continue to live and work in the U.S. The country has been struggling to recover from several natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, an uncontrolled cholera epidemic and last year’s Hurricane Matthew that flattened the southern part of the country. Haiti is in no position to absorb and care for 58,000 Haitians. Read full article HERE Haitians still need protections from US Boston Globe October 12, 2017 Could the Trump administration, fresh from its disgraceful decision to revoke the program that kept young immigrants […]

Tell President Trump to Extend TPS for 58,000 Haitians NOW

President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security will decide by November 23 whether to end Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation or extend it. Relentless advocacy by IJDH and allies staved off termination in May. We are working even harder for a new18-month extension. But we need your help. The lives of 58,000 Haitians and their families including US-born children are at stake.Here’s what you can do: first, endorse this letter now circulating nationwide (please fill out this simple form ASAP). Second, convince your local city councilor, county commissioner, and/or state legislator to adapt, introduce and pass this resolution urging President Trump to extend Haiti’s TPS designation for 18 months. As in the Spring, IJDH efforts are in high gear —recent support generated includes resolutions by the Broward County Commission, the City of North Miami, the US Conference of Mayors, letters […]

Haitian-American Community in Boston Rallies in Support for TPS on September 20th

Join the Haitian-American Community in Boston on September 20th  from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. in front of the Massachusetts State House located in Downtown Boston to rally in support for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Over 50,000 Haitian nationals who have been living in the United States in the seven years under TPS could be deported next January if the Trump terminate TPS status for Haiti. Join us, add your voice, you would be glad you did.

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 designated TPS 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 U.S Bureau of the Census, “American community survey 5-year estimates”that 1 in 5 TPS holders have a citizen child and the top occupations TPS holders hold are nursing, psychiatric and home health aides and also 70% of those under 25 are in school which contributes significantly to our society.The United States could see a reduction in its GDP, ‘banks would see defaults in mortgages” and foster care would see a cost increase due to thousands of orphans left behind by the immigrants. “It’s a lose-lose-lose option,” said Donald Kerwin, […]

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 […]

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