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50,000 Face Uncertain Futures in the US & Haiti as TPS Deadline Approaches

As Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians approaches its deadline for extension, fear and uncertainty have become daily realities for 50,000 Haitians legally residing in the U.S. TPS expiration would significantly affect communities both within the U.S. and in Haiti, where friends and families depend on remittances sent back from the U.S. As the New York Times stated, sending thousands of Haitian nationals back to Haiti could also worsen the already “desperate situation” in the country. Additionally, Haiti is still recovering from a recent hurricane that ruined the southern part of the country, a cholera outbreak and the devastating 2010 earthquake. The current situation in the country is still precarious. That is why U.S. lawmakers from both parties, newspapers and U.S. citizens continue to urge  the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for Haitians who have been living in the […]

With TPS Expiring, Haitians Fear Imminent Deportation

Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status in 2010 after the earthquake but President Obama’s administration resumed deportations to Haiti before he left office. Prospects for Haitian immigrants now seem even worse, as the Trump administration has vowed to deport millions of immigrants. IJDH’s Steve Forester explains that deportations are particularly inhumane with Haiti still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and the government unable to help more people. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitians in US Dreading Deportation Caribbean360 January 26, 2017 NEW YORK, United States, Thursday January 26, 2017 –Haitian-born Bernedy Prosper and his son Harold have called the United States for more than a decade now, but deportation is now staring them in the face. A broken Prosper, 52, laments that this is worst thing possible, even suggesting that death awaits his 23-year-old […]

Why Re-Designating Temporary Protected Status for Haiti is Much-Needed

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was first designated for Haitians who were in the United States on or before the devastating earthquake of 2010. Now, after Hurricane Matthew has worsened Haiti’s already-poor infrastructure and cholera epidemic, TPS should be redesignated. Haiti cannot currently support people who were deported, and redesignation would also help much-needed remittances be sent back to help Haiti recover. In this article, IJDH’s Steven Forester and FANM’s Marleine Bastien explain the importance of TPS and urge president Obama to redesignate it while he still has the chance. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Here’s why Obama should broaden TPS for Haitians Marleine Bastien & Steven Forester, Miami Herald December 25, 2016 Last week, Haitian Americans nationwide contacted the White House and their representatives in Congress urging President Obama to act on three goals […]

Time is Running Out for Obama Administration to Treat Haitians Fairly

Even before Hurricane Matthew, Haiti was in no state to accept refugees deported from the United States. After the Hurricane, with the south all but destroyed, spikes in cholera and a precarious political situation, it makes even less sense to deport Haitians but the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will begin again. Elected officials in Florida, as well as advocates, urge the Obama administration not only to stop these deportations; but also to extend Temporary Status for Haitians and expand the Haitian Family Reunification Program. The latter has allowed only 1,952 Haitians who are approved for visas into the US, due to its arbitrary restrictions. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian-American Elected Officials Ask President Obama to Expand Family Reunification South Florida Caribbean News December 16, 2016 MIAMI – City […]

While attention is elsewhere, US government resumes deportations to Haiti

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 […]

U.S. Plan to Deport Haitians Raises Fairness Questions

September 22’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy change – resuming noncriminal Haiti deportations to Haiti (for the first time since the 2010 earthquake) despite continued unstable conditions there – shocked and disappointed Haitian Americans. It also renewed questions about the fairness of DHS’ Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP). Renewing deportations can only be destabilizing, since Haiti is in no position to receive additional deportees. Meanwhile, as of June 30, only 1,952 beneficiaries had been approved under HFRP, which was created in part to generate additional remittances to help Haiti recover. (In contrast, DHS has welcomed over 100,000 under its Cuban FRP.) The low HFRP number is due to DHS’s arbitrary limitation of eligibility to beneficiaries already within at most three years of getting their visas, although the approved wait list extends to about 13 years. DHS should expand HFRP to include those further years back on the wait […]

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