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Over 50 Congresspersons Urge President Obama to Postpone Haitian Deportations

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 the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, killed more than 200,000 people and left 2.3 million homeless, undocumented Haitians have temporarily been allowed to stay in the United States without a visa. Following a wave of Haitian refugees entering the U.S. via Brazil, the Department of Homeland Security announced last month plans to fully resume deportations of undocumented Haitian immigrants, including those […]

Congresswoman Wilson Comments on DR Denationalization Anniversary

For Immediate Release                                               For More Information Contact: September 23, 2016                                                       Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile)   Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on the Third Anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s Decision to strip Citizenship from Dominicans of Foreign Descent Today marks the third anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s decision to strip the hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship, the majority of whom are of Haitian descent. They are also being denied the legal rights and protections to which they were previously entitled. The court’s decision has created a devastating human rights crisis and an unprecedented level of statelessness. It is particularly devastating for children who can no longer attend school or seek medical care. According to a report from the International Organization for Migration, more than 100,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent […]

Rep. Wilson Calls for Further UN Action Against Cholera

For Immediate Release                                  For More Information Contact: August 19, 2016                                              Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile) Congresswoman Wilson Welcomes UN’s Admission of Role in Cholera Outbreak in Haiti and Calls for Further Actions  Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL) issued the following statement in response to a New York Times report announcing the United Nation’s (UN) admission of its role in the Haiti cholera outbreak that began in 2010: “Today’s announcement is a major first step in righting a wrong.  While I welcome the UN’s assumption of responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, it must be followed with concrete actions that include making cholera victims and their families whole, and investments towards eradicating the epidemic. The UN’s admission of its role in the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti is a testament to the work of […]

Rep. Wilson Urges U.S. Support Fair Haiti Elections

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the State Department to support fair and democratic elections in Haiti. Haiti’s elections so far in 2015 have been marred by fraud, violence and other irregularities but the U.S. government has been pushing the Haitian government to proceed with the next round of elections despite the grave flaws. Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. December 14, 2015 The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Kerry: As a lifelong advocate and longtime representative of South Florida’s large Haitian community, I write to share my constituents’ concerns about Haiti’s 2015 elections; to advocate for an independent, Haitian-led verification of the October vote; and to request stronger measures aimed at reducing irregularities […]

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Supports Democratic Elections in Haiti

In this op-ed, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson explains why Haiti’s 2015 elections are such a critical test for Haiti’s democracy and ability to self-govern. She ties the obstacles Haitian voters faced before and during the August 9th round of elections into the obstacles many American voters face with recent blows to the Voting Rights Act. Wilson contrasts the violence that was reported from observers on the ground with reports from international organizations like OAS, which claimed that the elections were “a step forward for Haitian democracy.” She emphasizes the need for the US to hold Haitian elections to the same standards that we hold our own and not settle for “good enough.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s critical test — and ours Frederica S. Wilson, Miami Herald August 17, 2015 Haiti faced a critical […]

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