Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Procedural abuses and increased deportations affect thousands of Haitians

Haitians continue to be deported at a rapid rate from the country at which they arrived seeking refuge and safety. From November through the end of January, ICE deported as many as 2000 non-criminal Haitians who had presented themselves at Mexico-US border crossings since last September 22. The deportations pose many problems; detained Haitians lack access to legal counsel and Creole translators, creating miscommunications and limited opportunity for individuals to claim their rights. Additionally, Haiti is still extremely unstable in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, a cholera epidemic and a devastating 2010 earthquake. The number of Haitians crossing the Mexican border is increasing daily, subjecting even more vulnerable individuals to detention, procedural abuses and unstable futures. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. U.S. accelerates deportation of Haitian migrants Daniel González, The Arizona Republic February 17, 2017 A detention officer handed Lemoine […]

US Discriminatory Immigration Policies Toward Haitians

by Stephen Lendman Atlantic Free Press It’s a familiar story for Haitians – last in, first out for the hemisphere’s poorest, least wanted, and most abused people here and at home. Most recently it was highlighted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announcing the resumption of over 30,000 deportations to a nation reeling from poverty, repression, despair, the devastation from last summer’s storms, and occupation by UN paramilitary Blue Helmets – since 2004, illegally there for the first time ever to support and enforce a coup d’etat against a democratically elected president, at the behest of Washington. On December 9, ICE resumed deportations after halting them in September following summer storms that battered the country leaving 800,000 people without food, clean water, other essentials, and for around 70,000 their homes. ICE spokeswoman Nicole Navas announced: “We fully expected […]

IDB helps, ICE hurts Haiti

Miami Herald Editorial KUDOS TO IDB The decision by the Inter American Development Bank to offer Haiti an additional $50 million in assistance next year may be the best news that beleaguered Caribbean country has received in a long time. In a nation as poor as Haiti, that extra aid should make a difference in the lives of some of the neediest people. ”Haiti is the most fragile of our member countries,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno when he announced the grant last weekend. “No other nation in Latin America and the Caribbean is as vulnerable to economic shocks and natural disasters. As such, it requires extraordinary assistance from the international community.” He’s right. Simply giving Haiti more money won’t put it on a stable footing, but the level of destitution is such that the country can’t even begin […]

U.S. resumes deportation flights to Haiti

By Luis F. Perez | South Florida Sun-Sentinel Deportation flights to Haiti resumed last week after a more than two-month halt, enraging activists and South Florida congressional leaders. In September, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stopped deporting immigrants to Haiti in the wake of four tropical storms that ravaged the country. Advocates argued that the battered country couldn’t absorb returning countrymen as it dealt with storm damage. “We fully expected to resume deportation flights when it was safe,” said Nicole Navas, an ICE spokeswoman. “And we made a determination that it was appropriate to resume deportation based on the conditions on the ground.” Advocates say things are getting worse, not better. Schools are collapsing. Children are malnourished. The country’s infrastructure is obliterated, they said “After dealing with this administration on Haitian issues for eight years, I’m forced to conclude that […]

Deportations to Haiti halted temporarily

By Georgia East and Luis Perez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel September 20, 2008 Immigrations Custom Enforcement has temporarily halted deportations to Haiti, amid mounting pressure from some South Florida congressional leaders and local activists. Many have argued that it’s inhumane to send people to Haiti at a time when the country has been devastated by back-to-back storms. “We are aware of the situation on the ground and based on that there are no removals planned,” said Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for ICE. ICE said it will further review the situation in Haiti on a day-to-day basis, to determine how long the halt will last. “When we feel it is appropriate to resume we will notify Congress,” Gonzalez said.

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