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Why Re-Designating Temporary Protected Status for Haiti is Much-Needed

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was first designated for Haitians who were in the United States on or before the devastating earthquake of 2010. Now, after Hurricane Matthew has worsened Haiti’s already-poor infrastructure and cholera epidemic, TPS should be redesignated. Haiti cannot currently support people who were deported, and redesignation would also help much-needed remittances be sent back to help Haiti recover. In this article, IJDH’s Steven Forester and FANM’s Marleine Bastien explain the importance of TPS and urge president Obama to redesignate it while he still has the chance. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Here’s why Obama should broaden TPS for Haitians Marleine Bastien & Steven Forester, Miami Herald December 25, 2016 Last week, Haitian Americans nationwide contacted the White House and their representatives in Congress urging President Obama to act on three goals […]

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 […]

Press Conference: Obama Administration Betrays Haiti and Haitian Americans

Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (FANM)/Haitian Women of Miami 100 NE 84th Street, Suite 200, Miami, FL 33138 Phone: 305-756-8150 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Conference: Obama Administration Betrays Haiti and Haitian Americans When: September 22, 2016 at 3:15 PM Where: FANM 100 NE 84th Street, Suite 200, Miami, FL 33138 The Haitian American community and allies are outraged by today’s announcement of the completely inappropriate resumption of deportations (“removals”) to Haiti of persons with no criminal record. A press conference to register that displeasure will be held today. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s statement that conditions in Haiti had “improved sufficiently to permit the U.D. government to remove Haitian nationals on a more regular basis” is completely inaccurate, unsupported by any economic or political facts, and flies in the face of Haiti’s cholera epidemic. On the contrary, Haiti is unable to […]

March To Protest Ethnic Cleansing and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic!

Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc (FANM) Haitian Women of Miami _______________________________________________________________________ June 23, 2015 Press Release What:                    March To Protest Ethnic Cleansing and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic! Who:                     FANM/Haitian Women of Miami, Haitian League for Human Rights, Veye Yo, Florida Immigrant Coalition:            Unite Here, SEIU 1199, Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, Haitian Lawyers Association, Power  U, South Florida Progressive Jewish Action and a host of other organizations! When:                  Thursday, June 25th, 2015 Time:                    3-5 PM   In the coming days, over 250,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian Descent could be stateless! As the horrific moment in our history continues to unfold the international community has remained completely silent on the inhumane treatments of Blacks in the Dominican Republic. It is time that we stand with our sisters and brothers to […]

Haitian Family Reunification Victory!

With your support, up to 5,000 families will be reunited next year! IJDH’s campaign for a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP) bore fruit October 17, when the Department of Homeland Security announced it would implement the program in 2015. Since the 2010 quake, IJDH has been a leader in this fight, coordinating volunteers nationally and securing over 80 items of editorial, political, and community support. Allies included Haitian Women of Miami’s Marleine Bastien and Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, among others too numerous to mention. One milestone among many was the August 15th letter endorsed by 73 Haitian diaspora groups and leaders nationwide. IJDH will work to expand this program’s limited coverage: of about 100,000 DHS-approved beneficiaries of family-based visa petitions waiting up to 12 years in Haiti, the program only covers those with under two years to wait. And we will monitor […]

Fight for Haitian Family Reunification Continues

Although the Department of Homeland Security has announced a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP) to begin in 2015, it is limited. The HFRPP as announced only includes about 5,000 Haitians while thousands more will continue waiting on lists of up to 12 years in Haiti. Advocates will continue fighting until a full HFRPP is implemented. Click HERE for the original. Haitian Reunification fight to continue, activists say Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 21, 2014 South Florida immigration and Haitian activists vowed Tuesday to closely monitor a new U.S. immigration policy that will allow thousands of Haitians who are eligible to receive a green card in two years to wait it out in the United States with relatives. At the same time, activists said they will continue to urge the Obama administration to increase the number of Haitians — about 100,000 […]

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