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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 […]

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 […]

Haitians Stranded by Policy after Hurricane Matthew

The following report from News Deeply describes how Brazil first deterred Haitian refugees, then the US shifted its policy to return folks to post-hurricane conditions; the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased its number of detentions and deportations, and people of faith have banded together to build a community-based response to the crisis. Read the full article HERE.   Humanitarian Crisis on U.S. Border: Haitians Stranded by Policy by Sally Kantar, News Deeply November 8th, 2016 Over the past year, more than 5,000 Haitians entered the United States legally through the Tijuana-San Ysidro border crossing between Mexico and San Diego, California, after making a 7,000-mile (11,000km) overland trek from Brazil. Their journeys can be traced back to the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti, initially displacing 1.5 million people, claiming more than 200,000 lives, and laying the groundwork for a cholera epidemic that affected hundreds of […]

U.S. Hypocrisy Towards Haitian Migrants

This article analyzes the hypocrisy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. The decision came soon after President Obama spoke about the need to have “open arms” for refugees around the world at the United Nations General Assembly. DHS’ justification of the deportations – that country conditions are stable enough and that Temporary Protected Status and the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) will help Haitians – also rings hollow. Haiti is still facing both a cholera and a political crisis, both of which the U.S. was involved in. HFRP is also severely limited, leaving thousands who have been approved for visas waiting in Haiti for up to 13 years. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Obama’s contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers Opal Tometi, The Hill September 28, 2016 […]

Issues over D.R.-Haiti border overshadowed by refugee crisis in Europe

While media focuses on the refugee crisis in Europe, American born and Dominican Raised author, Julia Alvarez talks about the crisis 2 hours south of U.S. borders. Heal the wounds of Hispaniola Julia Alvarez, Miami Herald Part of the article is below.  Please click HERE for full text. Secretary of State Kerry was in the news recently for his efforts to bring together the divided island of Cyprus, a peace effort that has long eluded mediators, earning the island the reputation of being “a graveyard for diplomats.” Hoping for a resurrection, Kerry noted “how much the world could use an island of peace, harmony and prosperity in the Mediterranean right now.” Just two hours south of Florida, the island of Hispaniola could use some mediation as well. The refugee crisis taking place in the Middle East and across Europe has […]

A Refugee Crisis Forming on the DR-Haiti Border

While worldwide attention to the Syrian refugee crisis is long-overdue, many Americans are overlooking a crisis much closer to home: On the border of Haiti and Dominican Republic, refugee camps are forming because of unjust citizenship laws imposed by the Dominican government. Fueled by xenophobia and racism, these laws have resulted in a large population of stateless individuals. This article recommends that “perhaps it is also time for the DR’s neighbors in the Americas to consider sanctioning the country until it fully addresses the refugee crisis it has created.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. There’s Another Refugee Crisis That Has Nothing To Do With ISIS Juliet Hooker, Slant December 8, 2015 The outpouring of global solidarity with France that followed the recent terrorist attacks in Paris was almost immediately followed in the U.S. in some quarters by […]

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