The Editorial Board of the Sun Sentinel joins Sunday’s editorial by Miami Herald, as well as letters from several Congresspersons urging the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. Haitians in the US were granted TPS in 2010 when an earthquake devastated the country, making it inhumane to send them back. Conditions in Haiti have worsened, with Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 leading to an ongoing food crisis, cholera brought by UN peacekeepers in 2010 still rampant, sexual abuse by the peacekeepers and general political instability. But the deadline for TPS is July 22 and there are no signs of whether the Trump administration plans to extend it again. Not only the Haitians with TPS but also their children who were born American and their families who are receiving remittances in Haiti are in an uncertain situation now. TPS should be […]
This article follows volunteer Hugo Castro in Tijuana as he orders and then brings supplies to a shelter there and finds out that all but one of the Haitian migrants living there have left. Apparently, the Mexican government is no longer funding the shelters and as they now rely solely on volunteers and donations, the Pastor heading this particular shelter has asked the migrants to leave. Castro is frustrated, knowing that the migrants have limited alternatives for shelter. He ultimately delivers his carload of supplies to a few other shelters still open in downtown Tijuana. The situation is bleak for the Haitians who travelled miles and miles, often through dangerous areas, to reach the U.S. border before the U.S. decided to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. Castro emphasizes that it is up to the people, not political leaders, to effect […]
The quarterly stats for the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) as of December 31, 2016 are at the link below. They show 3,746 approvals (up from 2,996 the prior quarter), which is the number of approved individuals to whom travel documents have been issued. HFRP began in early 2015 after years of advocacy by IJDH and allies. The idea is to allow Haitians who have been approved for visas to wait for them in the United States with their families, where they can be safer, work, and send remittances back to improve Haiti’s stability. HFRP Data here. Learn more about HFRP.
Our collaborator Soeurette Michel is featured in the latest issue of Le Floridien (along with a lot of reprints of articles related to our work). The profile tells the story of the obstacles Soeurette had to overcome in order to become an attorney and eventually create her own law firm. Soeurette was involved in the Haitian American diaspora cholera brief, which is briefly mentioned. Congratulations to Soeurette! We are honored to work with such a remarkable human rights advocate. Part of the article is below. Read the full article here (page 11). LAW BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: HOW SHE BECAME A LAWYER “I know I can be what I want to be. If I work hard at it, I’ll be where I want to be.” Jaury Jean-Enard, Le Floridien April 1-15, 2017 Such is the chorus of songwriter Nas’s 2002 song entitled, “I […]
U.S. Senators and Representatives from Florida wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly asking him to extend Haiti’s TPS designation when the current 18-month period expires on July 22. They emphasized Haiti’s continuing struggle to rebuild after the 2010 earthquake and 2016 Hurricane Matthew, as well as the cholera epidemic. 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. Part of the letter is below. Read the full letter here. 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 […]
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 […]