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President Obama: Redesignate Haiti for TPS and Expand HFRP Now!

Developments Sign and share this MoveOn.org petition, “End Cholera and Protect Haitians in the US,” to be delivered to the House, Senate and President Obama. On November 10, U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson issued a press release denouncing the resumption of deportation flights to Haiti. U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke calls on Obama Administration to immediately halt deportations of Haitian nationals. On November 3 and 8, the “U.S. government quietly resumes deportations to Haiti” as news about Hurricane Matthew dies down. Sign and share this MoveOn.org petition, “End Cholera & Aid Elections in Haiti; Protect Haitians in US,” based on the October 20 Florida leaders’ letter below (now about 4,500 signatures). On November 1, national Catholic leaders wrote U.S. Secretaries Jeh Johnson (DHS) and John Kerry (State) urging redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), expanding the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) and […]

51 Florida Groups and Leaders Ask Hillary Clinton Meeting and Views on Urgent Haiti Issues

October 20, 2016 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians have written Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to promptly inform them of her positions on crucial issues of concern to the Haitian American community, a key electorate, and for a meeting regarding these issues. Noting that “Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, affecting two million Haitians; stranding hundreds of thousands; killing at least 1,000; obliterating tens of thousands of homes; destroying and inundating towns, livestock, crops, and livelihoods; and causing a surge in cholera cases,” they ask Secretary Clinton “to promptly inform of us of your views on the following concerns, which are of great importance to the Haitian-American community.” In successive sections, the letter describes policy needs and “asks,” all made more urgent by Matthew’s devastation, regarding the needs for U.S. leadership to eradicate Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

Need for US Aid to Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew

Haiti, while still in the process of recovering from the destruction of the 2010 earthquake and fighting a subsequent cholera outbreak brought by UN peacekeepers, has been devastated by yet another natural disaster – Hurricane Matthew.  The US needs to provide aid, both financial and otherwise, to Haiti in this difficult time. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. Inquirer Editorial: U.S. shouldn’t wait until the next disaster to do more for Haiti The Philadelphia Inquirer October 18, 2016 With so much happening in our country, including a pivotal presidential election and coastal states’ daunting recovery from Hurricane Matthew, maybe it’s understandable that the storm’s impact on Haiti has been an afterthought for many Americans. But the death and destruction in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation shouldn’t be ignored. The United States and Haiti were […]

U.S. Hypocrisy Towards Haitian Migrants

This article analyzes the hypocrisy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. The decision came soon after President Obama spoke about the need to have “open arms” for refugees around the world at the United Nations General Assembly. DHS’ justification of the deportations – that country conditions are stable enough and that Temporary Protected Status and the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) will help Haitians – also rings hollow. Haiti is still facing both a cholera and a political crisis, both of which the U.S. was involved in. HFRP is also severely limited, leaving thousands who have been approved for visas waiting in Haiti for up to 13 years. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Obama’s contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers Opal Tometi, The Hill September 28, 2016 […]

U.S. Plan to Deport Haitians Raises Fairness Questions

September 22’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy change – resuming noncriminal Haiti deportations to Haiti (for the first time since the 2010 earthquake) despite continued unstable conditions there – shocked and disappointed Haitian Americans. It also renewed questions about the fairness of DHS’ Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP). Renewing deportations can only be destabilizing, since Haiti is in no position to receive additional deportees. Meanwhile, as of June 30, only 1,952 beneficiaries had been approved under HFRP, which was created in part to generate additional remittances to help Haiti recover. (In contrast, DHS has welcomed over 100,000 under its Cuban FRP.) The low HFRP number is due to DHS’s arbitrary limitation of eligibility to beneficiaries already within at most three years of getting their visas, although the approved wait list extends to about 13 years. DHS should expand HFRP to include those further years back on the wait […]

New Round of Haitian Family Reunification Invites Going Out

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a third round of invitations for people to apply for Haitian Family Reunification on behalf of their family members in Haiti. The program was officially launched in early 2015, after years of advocacy by IJDH, members of Congress and other allies. USCIS Message: Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program USCIS June 6, 2016 Dear Stakeholder,  We are pleased to share with you an important update regarding the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program. On Friday June 3, with the help of the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the third round of invitations to apply for the HFRP Program.  The HFRP Program allows certain eligible Haitian beneficiaries of family-based immigrant visa petitions approved on or before Dec. 18, 2014, to be paroled into […]

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