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Haitians head to Canada to avoid Deportation

Over 3,800 Haitians have illegally crossed the border from the New York to Canada. Around 58,000 Haitians have been living in the United States under Temporary Protection Status since the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Over the course of the past seven years, many TPS recipients have given birth to American-citizen children. Now that TPS may be coming to an end, families must decide whether the best course of action for their children. Parents must weigh the risk of remaining in the United States and separation if TPS ends, against seeking asylum in Canada and possible deportation. Unless TPS is renewed, many more will have to make this decision in the coming months. Read full Article HERE For More information on TPS click HERE Fearing Trump deportation, Haitians head to Canada and risk dividing their families Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald  August 17, 2017 […]

Haitian Immigrants Seeking Refuge in Canada Face Arrest at the Border

For Haitians fleeing the United States, Canada offers a pseudo sense of security as Lacolle, Quebec becomes an attraction not only for the tourists but for immigrants seeking a new life. Canada however is not the safe haven that it’s perceived to be. Upon crossing the border, migrants are arrested and detained. Although Canadian refugee camps offer basic amenities, migrants continuously face uncertainty. In the past,  only 50% of Haitians seeking asylum in Canada have had their requests granted and there is no guarantee it will be the same this time. Read full Article HERE  For Haitians in U.S., the road to refuge runs straight to Canada — and arrest Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald  August 12, 2017 CHAMPLAIN, N.Y.    The Canadian police officer at the border was adamant: If you cross here, you will immediately be arrested. The Haitian woman dragged […]

50,000 Haitians Could Lose Temporary Protected Status in the US But Canada May Not Be the Solution

As TPS expiration looms, thousands of Haitians who have been living in the United States in the past seven years are fleeing to Canada seeking asylum. Although the Canadian government ended their temporary protection status in 2016, their warm reception towards refugees makes Canada an attractive second choice. Although they could face deportation from Canada, many have taken the risk. for those Haitian families, leaving the U.S. is the only way for them to keep their families together. To learn more about TPS Click  the link to our  TPS PAGE To learn more about Cholera in Haiti click the link to our  Cholera Page  Read Full Article HERE.  Why are thousands of Haitians streaming into Canada from the U.S.? Verity Stevenson, CBC News August 3, 2017 Heading to Canada is one of the only options seen by many of the 50,000 Haitians who’ve been living […]

As TPS Draws to a Close, Haitians Immigrate to Canada

With TPS protections in the U.S ending for Haitian immigrants in January, Haitian TPS holders are starting to seek other alternatives.  According to the Mayor of Montreal,  2,500 Haitians have arrived in Montreal, Canada since July through the U.S. following the announcement that TPS may be ending. Read Full Article HERE Worried that the door of freedom is closing under Trump, Haitians are fleeing to Canada Jacqueline Charles and Harold Isaac, Miami Herald  August 3, 2017 MONTREAL, CANADA  Worried that the door to freedom is closing in the United States under President Donald Trump, Haitians are flocking to Canada to seek asylum. “According to my sources: 2,500 new arrivals in July (U.S. border refugees),” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted in French on Wednesday. Canadian immigration officials weren’t able to say how many of the refugees making the border crossing from northern […]

Bayakou: The Ostracized Men of The Sewers

Following the 2010 earthquake and hurricane Matthew in 2016, Haiti’s sewage problems  have  only been exacerbated. With only one sewage disposal plant in all of Haiti, it serves a small fraction of the population.Most citizens dispose of their excrement in outhouses or open sewers. When it rains, the sewers carry pathogens into the water supply which has attributed to the spread of cholera. As the population of the capital city increases, the sewage crisis becomes more prevalent. “Bayakou,” the men who empty the latrines into the sewer or the treatment plants, cannot control the amount of sewage produced. If TPS protections for Haitian’s are removed, 58,000 Haitians will be forced to return to Haiti, which could not only spread cholera at a more rapid rate, it also puts many lives in danger. To learn more about TPS Click  the link […]

Financial Hardship Leads a Haitian TPS-Holder Comitting Suicide Says Brooklyn City Council Member

A Haitian TPS-holder in New York took his own life in the midst of financial hardship.He left behind his disabled mother and two siblings who are also TPS beneficiaries.  The grieving mother sought out TPS renewal after her son died. The late young man  attended high school in New York and committed suicide after he was unable to acquire money needed to renew his TPS status. Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates urge the U.S govt 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   Eugene seeks support for mother of TPS beneficiary who committed suicide Nelson A. King, Caribbean Life  July 27, 2017 Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he is seeking support for the mother of a Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) […]

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