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Miami Herald Urges Extension of TPS for Haitians

The Miami Herald Editorial Board is joining in calls for the United States to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was first granted for Haitians on January 15, 2010, following the deadly earthquake of January 12. It has been extended continuously ever since but now the expiration date of July 22 is fast approaching with no indication of what will happen next and over 50,000 Haitians at risk of deportation if TPS isn’t extended. Haiti is still reeling from Hurricane Matthew, the UN cholera epidemic and even remaining damage from the 2010 earthquake. The government is in no position to handle deportees. There has been a bipartisan effort to extend TPS with letters signed by: Senators Nelson, Rubio, Schumer and Gillibrand; and Representatives Curbelo, Deutch, Diaz-Balart, Frankel, Hastings, Love, Ros-Lehtinen, Wasserman Schultz and Wilson. Part of the editorial is […]

Hurricane Matthew Affects Agricultural Production & Raises Concerns for Future

Many families in Haiti are struggling to get by and meet their basic needs, amidst a rising food shortage months after Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc in the southern part of the country. Experts warn that the situation could be approaching a famine, and it will continue to deteriorate in the coming months if production does not increase this growing season. Authorities have not done enough to alleviate the crisis; the availability of shelter and food is still far below the demand. And, while initial humanitarian responses did help with providing food and water, the efforts did not focus enough on rebuilding agricultural capacity and helping Haitians regain their livelihoods. Now, months after the storm, many worry that Hurricane Matthew’s destruction will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. […]

UN Lacks Credibility After Years of Failed Promises & Impunity

The UN Security Council is set to vote today on the future of the UN in Haiti and what, if anything, should replace the current peacekeeping mission. However, as the decision looms near, the UN continues its controversial legacy of injustice, exploitation and impunity in the struggling country. MINUSTAH has been heavily criticized for widespread sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable Haitians, which calls into question the UN’s immunity laws, its response to allegations and system for redress. Additionally, after 6 years of denying responsibility for the cholera outbreak that has killed over 10,000, the UN finally acknowledged its role in bringing the deadly disease to Haiti, but now struggles to fund its program to end cholera and compensate victims. Whatever the future might hold for the UN mission, though, one thing is certain; the UN must first right its wrongs in Haiti, or its lack […]

Extending Haitians’ TPS is in U.S. Interests Too

Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States after the 2010 earthquake killed over 250,000 people and destroyed much of Port-au-Prince’s infrastructure. Even today, over 500,000 people are still living in tents since the earthquake. Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the southern peninsula of Haiti in October 2016, made the situation even worse and also exacerbated the cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers in 2010. Haiti is not equipped to handle the 58,000 people who would be forced to return if TPS is not renewed and besides severely destabilizing its close neighbor, the U.S. would lose countless social, economic and political contributions Haitians make to this country. Part of the article is below. Read the full article here. Haitians still need protective status Marleine Bastien, Miami Herald April 11, 2017 In October 2016, Haiti was once again hit by […]

UN Plans to Withdraw from Haiti Following Signs of Political Stability

The international community is hailing Haiti’s recent election as a sign that it is time for the United Nations to withdraw its peacekeeping force in Haiti, MINUSTAH. Leaders are concerned, however, about the Haitian National Police (PNH) remaining apolitical after the MINUSTAH drawdown because the last time the UN withdrew from Haiti, PNH became politicized and eventually collapsed. The current Haitian administration has mentioned its interest in creating a national army but UN Secretary-General Guterres is hoping international support will help make PNH more effective and Haiti’s permanent representative approved of Guterres’ report on the topic. Part of the article is below. Read the full text here. U.N. Security Council supports replacing Haiti peacekeepers with smaller mission Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald April 11, 2017 The United Nations’ Security Council is welcoming a call by Secretary-General António Guterres to move to […]

Haitians Fear for the Future as They Continue to Urge Immediate TPS Extension

Approximately 58,000 Haitians will be sent back to Haiti if their Temporary Protected Status, which was approved by President Obama after the 2010 earthquake, is not extended after its expiration in July. Haitians, their families, lawyers, politicians, and community members fear the devastating effects if TPS is not extended and they are required to return to a struggling Haiti. Tens of thousands of individuals will lose their jobs and be unable to send remittances back to their families. Additionally, returning to Haiti would create even more risks for these individuals and the country as a whole, which already faces a severe food shortage, cholera outbreak and lack of adequate shelter. Although TPS does not expire until July, lawyers warn that the changes need to happen immediately. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitians wonder if […]

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