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Obama under pressure to reverse new deportation policy after Matthew

Two weeks after the United States Department of Homeland Security announced it has resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants, Haiti was struck by one of the worst humanitarian disasters since the 2010 earthquake. Several US-Haiti affiliates, including IJDH’s Nicole Phillips, are calling on the Obama administration to reverse its decision in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Deportation to a disaster zone: Obama under pressure to stop crackdown on Haitian migrants as Hurricane Matthew wreaks havoc on island Daniel Denvir, Salon October 7th, 2016   Hurricane Matthew has, as President Barack Obama put it, “hit Haiti with devastating effect,” reportedly leaving at least 283 dead and thousands displaced. This calamity, however, comes just two weeks after the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it would resume the regular deportation of Haitians from […]

Much resting upon the upcoming election in Haiti

The Obama administration’s decision to reverse its policy on Haitian immigrants raises stakes even higher in the upcoming Haitian election. The thousands of Haitians facing deportation will return to Haiti at a historical tipping point for political stability. In Haiti’s upcoming election, the stakes are higher than ever By the Editorial Board, The Washington Post September 29th, 2016 AN ENORMOUS spike in the number of Haitian migrants crossing into the United States from Mexico over the past year prompted the Obama administration this month to order a sudden policy reversal and served as a reminder of the dysfunction and despair driving people from the hemisphere’s poorest nation. Better prospects in Haiti depend on political stability, which is at a make-or-break juncture. With a redo, scheduled Oct. 9, of last year’s failed, allegedly fraud-ridden presidential vote, Haiti has a chance to regain […]

US immigration policy separates Haitian men from their families

Following the recent Obama administration decision to resume deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants, scores of men are getting cut off from their families. As Haitian men, women, and children arrive at the border, the women and children are allowed entry into the US, while the men are forced to remain behind. Despite awareness of this policy change, hundreds of Haitian immigrants are arriving at the border each day, hoping for jobs and entry into the US. Haitian Men Cut Off From Families as U.S. Tightens Entry Rules Kirk Semple, The New York Times September 29, 2016   MEXICO CITY — A sudden shift in American immigration policy has divided scores of Haitian families trying to enter the United States from Mexico, immigrants and advocates say. The policy change, announced last week, has separated wives from husbands and children from their fathers, […]

UN Peacekeeper Babies Spark Outrage

There have been many cases of UN Peacekeepers fathering children with Haitian women during their time stationed in the country. However, when they leave, they do not provide any type of child support, making the women responsible for raising the child alone. Recent charges have been brought up against 2 Quebec police officers who face charges of sexual misconduct for their actions in Haiti. To evade disciplinary hearings, the two officers retired days before the hearings were supposed to start. BAI lawyer Mario Joseph is representing 9 Haitian women who had children with peacekeepers . He says that countries need to have a legal framework to ensure that peacekeepers face justice for their actions. Click HERE for the full article. — Top Haitian human rights lawyer slams UN over sexual misconduct allegations Benjamin Shingler, CBC News  August 12th, 2016 The case of […]

Hopes for October 9th Haitian Elections

Haiti’s interim president Jocelerme Privert passed an executive order for the country’s 5.8 million voters to show up at the polling stations on October 9th to vote for a new president. The Organization of American States (OAS) has grown increasingly worried, as Privert still remains president even though his term expired on June 14th. Haitian foreign minister, Pierrot Delienne, spoke at the OAS meeting in hopes of easing the international community. Although it is still unclear how Haiti will finance its elections without foreign aid from the United States and other countries, officials are determined to hold legitimate elections. There will be runoffs held for unresolved Senate seats, municipal seats, and the presidential seat. Click HERE to read more. — At OAS meeting, friends of Haiti pin hopes on Oct. 9 election Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald  July 25th, 2016 Buoyed by the desire to […]

U.S. Pulls Funding for Haiti Elections

The U.S. State department announced on Thursday that they will not be financing the next round of Haitian elections. Having already put in $33 million to finance the first round of elections, the U.S. says they did not plan funding for 2 more electoral rounds. This decision comes with the European Union’s decision to pull its electoral mission from Haiti last month. It seems Haiti is on her own, but spokespeople say that Haiti will come up with the funds needed to finance the elections because it is of utmost priority. Click HERE for the full article. — U. S. to Haiti: Pay for your own elections Jacqueline Charles Miami Herald July 7th, 2016  The U.S. will not be financing Haiti’s Oct. 9 rerun presidential elections, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. Kirby said Haitian officials were notified on […]

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