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Velázquez and Gillibrand Press Trump Administration on TPS Rulings

April 18, 2018 |Press Release Nearly 100 Members of Congress Seek Answers from U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Immigration Program Washington, DC—Nearly 100 Members of Congress have written the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding answers on how the agency is administering the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.  The letter, led by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), presses Secretary Nielsen on recent TPS decisions affecting thousands of immigrants from Sudan, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti and Syria.  Signed by 80 Representatives and 17 Senators, the letter argues that the agency has failed to adequately justify ending TPS status for many covered countries and, in many cases, has also failed to make decisions in a timely, transparent manner, creating fear and uncertainty among immigrant communities.   “The Trump Administration’s capricious and arbitrary rulings affecting […]

For Immediate Release: New Suit Alleges Haiti Tps Termination Unlawful

For Immediate Release (EMBARGOED UNTIL 3-15-2018)  March 14, 2018 What: Press Conference at FANM on Filing of Haiti TPS Lawsuit Who: Lawyers, TPS Recipients, and Community Leaders Time: March 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM Location:  FANM, 100 N.E. 84 Street, Miami,  Florida , 33138 Contact:  Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, FANM, 305 756-8050 Sejal Zota, NIPNLG, (919) 698-5015 Ira Kurzban, (305) 444-0060 Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, IJDH, 786 877 6999 Clarel Cyriaque, Esq., 305 797-0141 New Suit Alleges Unlawful Conduct by Trump Administration Officials, Seeks Injunctive Relief to Prevent Deportation of Over 50,000 Haitian TPS Recipients   The Administration’s Decision to Terminate Program Exposes Complete Lack of Knowledge of Immigration Law Resulting in Violations of the Administrative Procedure Act, Plaintiffs’ 5th Amendment Rights and Regulatory Flexibility Act   A new suit filed this morning in the Eastern District of New York alleges violations of law and the Constitution by Trump administration officials […]

BAI and IJDH Stand up for Haitian Dignity

  BAI and IJDH Continue to Fight for the Dignity of the Haitian People in Haiti and in the U.S. Last month, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) joined the Haitian community in the United States and in Haiti in denouncing President Trump‘s disparaging remarks about Haiti, El Salvador, and all African countries. IJDH’s Brian Concannon told a crowd at a rally in Boston that, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.” Meanwhile in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney Mario Joseph decried the president’s comment while attending a grassroots activist’s protest at the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince. “On many occasions in the past we have been victims of imperialist countries, particularly the United States,” said Joseph rebuking Trump’s vulgar comments […]

Haitians Rally in Boston to Denounce Trump’s Vile Remark

Under the umbrella of Haitian Americans United (HAU), Haitians and their allies rallied outside of Boston City Hall denouncing Trump’s disparaging comments regarding Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. The Trump administration recently terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Salvadorans and Haitians. Local elected officials, as well as Senator Edward Markey (D–MA), decried the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s last November decision and vowed to continue to fight for fair and just immigration policy that keeps families together. Read the article HERE. Haitian-Americans rally for permanent residency, protest Trump’s vulgar remark By: Laney Ruckstuhl, January 26, 2018 Haitian-Americans waved flags from their native country and demanded dignity as they lined the steps of Boston City Hall Friday, rallying against President Trump. Despite chilly weather, more than 100 people gathered for the rally organized by Haitian-Americans United. Around noon, the rally was […]

Haitian Community in Boston and Allies Will Rally this Friday to Denounce Trump’s Racist Comments about Haiti

Join the Haitian community and allies in Boston this Friday, Jan 26, 2018, at 12:00 PM in Front of Boston City Hall to denounce President Donald Trump’s use of racist language to describe Haiti, El Salvador and all African countries. Let’s urge Congress to pass legislation to create a permanent solution for Haitian TPS-holders and to keep their families together. 

Press Release: Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE October 26, 2017, 12:01 EDT Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe New Report Urges 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians (New York, October 26, 2017)— Haiti is not currently able to safely accommodate the return of thousands of Haitians in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), according to Extraordinary Conditions: A Statutory Analysis of Haiti’s Qualifications for TPS, a report released today by the Global Justice Clinic at New York University (NYU) School of Law. The report describes extraordinary conditions that persist in Haiti—including the impact of cholera, which continues to sicken and kill Haitian people, homelessness caused by natural disasters, and a spike in extreme hunger—that prevent the country from safely welcoming the 50,000 TPS holders and their families currently living in the United States. The report comes at a critical time. The Department […]

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