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US Senators & Reps Urge DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

U.S. Senators and Representatives from Flordia wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly to extend Haiti’s TPS designation when the current 18-month period expires on July 22. Signatories include US Senators Rubio and Nelson and US Representatives Alcee Hastings, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Carlos Curbelo, Frederica Wilson, and Lois Frankel. March 24, 2017 Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20016 Dear Secretary Kelly: We write to encourage you to exercise your authority under Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a) to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals who have been residing in the United States and benefitting from this program. … Read the full letter here.

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 […]

Scams at U.S.-Mexico Border Target Haitian Migrants

Resumed mass deportations of non-criminal Haitian detainees leave migrants on the U.S.-Mexico with no where to turn; they face deportation in the States, possible persecution in Haiti and limited economic opportunities in the border towns they currently reside. This state of limbo leaves them vulnerable to scammers and human traffickers, who seem to provide a false sense of hope and security. Costly scams leave many migrants even more desperate, often resulting in prostitution, smuggling and other risky behaviors to survive. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. 30,000 Haitian migrants on the Mexican border targeted by scammers HaitiLibre March 1, 2017 Ariadna Estevez, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), who visited of refugees in Tijuana, Baja California, says that the majority of people trying to enter the United States today are of Haitian origin. Estevez recalled that the […]

Action Alert: Join the Haiti Deportations Response Network

February 21, 2017 Dear Friend, Hundreds of detained Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants, including women and children, are being deported weekly from detention centers across the United States in violation of their rights. They need your help urgently. The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Most of the detainees are held in remote facilities far from family, community and legal support; and some would have viable asylum claims if they had effective representation. Find more details here. The Institute for Justice & […]

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 […]

Thousands of detained Haitians unsure of future in the U.S. or Haiti

Resumed deportations of Haitians pose immeasurable challenges for individuals who made the perilous journey to seek refuge in the United States. Between October 2016 and mid-January 2017, the U.S. deported 1,513 Haitians and thousands more remain in detention awaiting an uncertain future. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitians’ dreams dashed after costly US voyage Gulf Times February 12, 2017 John Stevens Val borrowed 3,000 from friends and family and trekked through 10 countries to make his way to the United States, where he hoped life would be better than in Haiti, his impoverished homeland. But in the end he landed in a US immigration detention centre and was deported back to Haiti, deep in debt and struggling to integrate, like so many other Haitians. Val, 28, left home after a devastating 2010 earthquake that wrecked the […]

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