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Unable to Enter US, Haitians Settle in Mexico

After Barack Obama tightened his stance on immigration, many Haitian migrants began to settle in Mexico, rather than attempt to cross the border. For as long as the the Trump administration remains in power, these Haitians have little hope of entering the United Statets safely. As a result, more than 4,000 Haitians have been stranded in Mexico—2,000 of them in Tijuana, where they’ve set up their own “Little Haiti”. Visit our immigration page for more information about Haitian immigrants and TPS extension. Part of the article is provided below. Read the full article HERE Stranded Haitians settling in Tijuana Mexico News Daily, 10 July 2017 It’s a long way from Port-au-Prince to Tijuana but little by little thousands of Haitian migrants stranded in the city are beginning to feel more at home as they put down roots and even influence the local population with […]

Haitian Migrants Running Out of Options in Mexico

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 […]

Haitian Migrants in Mexico Look Towards the Future

Thousands of Haitian migrants currently reside in Mexican border towns, stuck in a state of limbo after their dreams of political asylum in the United States were crushed. Many are seeking to start new lives by building houses and seeking approval from the Mexican government to work. The large influx of Haitian migrants to the area has created lively Haitian communities, where many are looking to turn their temporary situations into permanent homes. However, a large number of migrants are still waiting for approval from Mexico’s National Migration Institute to stay in the country, and this uncertainty poses major threats to their security and stability in the future. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Stranded Haitian migrants seek new home on Mexico-U.S. border Lizbeth Diaz, Reuters March 16, 2017 Kneeling on a patch of flat earth with a shovel in […]

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 […]

U.S. immigration policies lead Haitians to seek refuge in Mexico

Concerned about resumed deportations and uncertain immigration policies in the United States, more than 7,000 Haitians in the Mexican state of “Baja California,” and over 10,000 Haitians in the entire country, are seeking refugee status in Mexico. However, many are blocked from continuing with the administrative process because they do not have access to the office of the Mexican Commission of Assistance to Refugees, at which they must apply for the refugee status. Fearing a return to their home country, thousands of Haitians are now locked in a state of immigration limbo. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. More than 7,000 Haitians seeking refugee status in Mexico HaitiLibre January 29, 2017 In fear of the migratory measures that the new US President, Donald Trump, wants to apply, more than 7,000 Haitians locked in the state of “Baja California”, in Mexico, seek […]

Overwhelmed shelters in Mexico house thousands of Haitian migrants

Mexico’s border towns are struggling under an influx of immigrants, who no longer view the United States as an option to seek refugee status. Most Haitians have had to find shelter and food in the unknown territory, relying on more than 30 shelters providing for Haitians in Mexico. However, none of these shelters are government-run, and civil society groups and individuals face significant obstacles in meeting the refugees’ basic needs. The article is shown below in its entirety. Click HERE for the original article. As Migrants Strain Border Towns, Pressure Builds on Mexico to Act Kerk Semple, New York Times January 27, 2017   Even before President Trump decided to build the wall, this Mexican border city was already overwhelmed. So many Haitian migrants, traveling across the Americas, began arriving here last year with hopes of crossing into the United States that churches, community […]

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