…or rather, begin repaying the debt, which has been imposed on Haiti almost since the country claimed its independence in 1804. The US has long been involved in Haiti in detrimental ways but by redesignating Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, and expanding the Haitian Family Reunification Program, which is currently too limited, President Obama has a chance to begin to make things right. There is still time before he leaves office. Will he heed the calls for justice? Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dear President Obama, while there is time Nancy Young, Medium December 20, 2016 Dear President Obama: I tried to call you yesterday on a matter of great urgency and justice to the people of Haiti and those who love them here in the US. But the White House comments line was […]
After ending a 6-year moratorium on non-criminal deportations to Haiti, the Department of Homeland Security, has recently announced that it will begin to pick up the pace of deportations to Haiti, to keep pace with the increase of Haitian nationals arriving at the southern US border. The current deportations will not affect Haitians with Temporary Protection Status in the US, and their protection has been extended through July 22, 2017. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. picking up pace of deportations to Haiti Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald November 23, 2016 Facing an influx of undocumented Haitian migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border with Mexico and a lack of jail space, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it would step up deportations to Haiti in the coming weeks. “Recently, we have […]
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For Immediate Release For More Information Contact: November 10, 2016 Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile) Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Responds to the Resumption of Deportation Flights to Haiti Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson today released the following statement in response to the resumption of deportation flights to Haiti: “It is very disheartening to learn that the Department of Homeland Security has resumed deportation flights to Haiti. Last month, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wisely put a hold on these flights to give the battered nation time to begin its recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. “I visited Haiti on October 29 and can unequivocally say that little has changed in the five weeks since the Category 4 storm hit an already vulnerable nation. More than a million people are in […]
US Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke, of the 9th congressional district of Brooklyn, New York, has urged President Obama to halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians, and to redesignate Temporary Protected Status to Haitian nationals. Clarke has also signed and promoted a petition created by two major Haiti Diaspora groups in New York that, on receiving 100,000 signatures, would require an official response from the White House. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US congresswoman calls on Obama administration to halt deportation of Haitians Jamaica Observer November 10, 2016 NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — US Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has urged the Obama administration to immediately halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians. “Earlier today (Wednesday), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that removal proceedings have resumed for Haitian nationals in the United […]
While the U.S. government transitions between administrations, the Department of Homeland Security continues to deport people of Haitian heritage. Steve Forester of IJDH said, “It’s completely outrageous given the devastation Hurricane Matthew caused and the inability of Haiti to receive deportees…The only thing that has changed in Haiti is that the vast devastation affecting two million people in Haiti is no longer in the headlines; that’s the only thing that has changed since they suspended deportations.” Steve Forester is an activist in Miami. Activists in San Diego also condemn the deportations. Pierre Esperance, executive director of the National Network Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH). Esperance said, “These are not criminal deportees but people who went to Brazil and transited through Mexico to San Diego, California.” Below is a portion of the Miami Herald article. Click HERE for the full article. U.S. government […]