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

Developments On October 18, the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board urged both TPS redesignation and HFRP expansion: On October 20, 51 Florida groups and leaders wrote Hillary Clinton urging this and other actions: On October 13, Senator Bill Nelson co-sponsored a letter from 12 U.S. senators urging TPS redesignation in light of Matthew: On October 8, the NYT editorial board urged TPS redesignation too and a halt to deportations: On September 27, Steve Forester (IJDH) and Marleine Bastien (FANM) op-ed urging such expansion at paragraphs 3-11:[] Background Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti underscores the need for President Obama before he leaves office in January to redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and to expand the severely limited Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) to save lives and help Haiti recover by generating life-sustaining remittances. On Jan­u­ary 21, 2010, after years of IJDH […]

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 […]

“Do black lives matter to Obama?” Activists protest deportations

Activists in Little Haiti protest U.S. deportation policy of Haitians. They call the deportation policy “fickle,” because it breaks up families, with some freed and some locked up in detention camps awaiting deportation back to hurricane-torn Haiti, where cases of cholera are on the rise. Activists called on President Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take action. Steve Forrester of IJDH said, “They announced they were going to start deporting again, saying conditions had improved. Everybody knows that’s not true; it’s just not true. But Matthew makes it really obscene.” Activists Call Haitian Deportation Policy “Abomination” by Gary Nelson, CBS Miami October 10th, 2016 MIAMI – Speaking in Creole, Marie Carole Jeune sobbed as she spoke to a bank of reporters and television news cameras Monday at a Little Haiti community center. She explained through her tears that her […]

US Pauses Deportations to Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

Given the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to pause its planned deportations of Haitians coming to the US-Mexico border. When Haitian migrants started arriving in large numbers to the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego, DHS had decided to resume non-criminal deportations to Haiti, which had been on hold since the 2010 earthquake. It is unclear how soon conditions in Haiti will improve, or how soon the deportations will be resumed. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. US policy on deporting Haitians on hold in wake of hurricane Peter Orsi, The Washington Post October 11, 2016 MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti has put on hold a new policy of deporting Haitians who are in the United States without permission but the government intends to […]

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 […]

Update on Haitian Entrants to San Diego

Update on Haitian Entrants to San Diego from Alliance San Diego director Andrea Guerrero Alliance San Diego September 30, 2016 US Shuts Out Haitians – Exacerbates Humanitarian Concerns:  On September 24th, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) abruptly halted humanitarian parole for Haitians arriving to our California border, citing changed country conditions in Haiti and the need to deter more people from coming. The news came as a shock given that our own US State Department has issued travel warnings for Haiti, which is suffering from political and economic instability and is still recovering from natural and other disasters including a devastating earthquake followed by a hurricane followed by a cholera epidemic that have displaced or killed countless Haitians. At this moment, another natural disaster, Hurricane Matthew, is hurtling towards Haiti. The country has no sitting president and is embroiled […]

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