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Haitians Continue to Risk their Lives at Sea

The United States Coast Guard repatriated 102 Haitian nationals back to Haiti. This new development is a sign that Haiti is not and won’t be ready to welcome back thousands of its citizens from the United States in the next few months. Two months ago, Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates continue to 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 the full article HERE U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 102 fleeing Haitian migrants to Haiti By: Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald July 12, 2017 In what it’s calling its largest interdiction of Haitians at sea in more than a year, the U.S. Coast […]

Haitian Migrants in Mexico Look Towards the Future

Thousands of Haitian migrants currently reside in Mexican border towns, stuck in a state of limbo after their dreams of political asylum in the United States were crushed. Many are seeking to start new lives by building houses and seeking approval from the Mexican government to work. The large influx of Haitian migrants to the area has created lively Haitian communities, where many are looking to turn their temporary situations into permanent homes. However, a large number of migrants are still waiting for approval from Mexico’s National Migration Institute to stay in the country, and this uncertainty poses major threats to their security and stability in the future. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Stranded Haitian migrants seek new home on Mexico-U.S. border Lizbeth Diaz, Reuters March 16, 2017 Kneeling on a patch of flat earth with a shovel in […]

Migrants Face Impending Humanitarian Crisis Along Mexican Border

The situation along the northern border of Mexico is approaching a humanitarian crisis, experts say. Thousands of migrants lack shelter, food or any source of income, as uncertainty looms surrounding the possibility of asylum. Many individuals and civil associations are taking the initiative to launch pilot programs to help the dislocated migrants meet their basic needs. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Thousands Of Deported Haitians And Africans Wait To Cross The Border In Tijuana Aída Chávez, Konbini March 13, 2017 In recent years the number of deportees living in El Bordo zone that forms part of the drainage system from the Tijuana River located at the border with San Diego has escalated to catastrophic levels. According to the National Institute of Migration, this community of deported migrants is formed mainly of Haitian and African refugees, and between 2016 and 2017 reached almost 3,700 […]

Haitian President-Elect Promises ID Cards for Migrants in DR

In 2013, a ruling by a Dominican Court left many Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless or in limbo. Regulations passed in attempts to mitigate the problem were unsuccessful in part because many of the people affected lacked national ID cards. Haiti’s president-elect has promised to provide national ID cards to the migrants in this group  so that they can apply for residency in DR. He has been meeting with the Dominican president and other officials this week. Haiti leader promises IDs for migrants in Dominican Republic Associated Press January 18, 2017 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Haiti’s president-elect is pledging to provide national ID cards to migrants in the neighboring Dominican Republic so they can apply for a legal residency program. Jovenel Moise told reporters Wednesday at the Dominican national palace that his administration will expedite delivery of the documents. […]

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