Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

You Just Saved 50,000 Haitians from Being Deported

Today 50,000 mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons won a reprieve from being deported to Haiti, where they would have faced extremely difficult conditions.  The reprieve arrived via an announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians for another six months.   You made this victory happen through your support for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). But six months is not enough- TPS is typically extended for 18 months at a time, and it is unlikely that the crises in Haiti that justified TPS will be resolved that soon.  So we need you to help us build an even bigger movement for the next round. The six-month extension is a victory for and by the Haitian community in the U.S. But it is also […]

Former and Current U.S. Officials Urging Sec John Kelly to Extend TPS for Haitian Nationals

The current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows Haitians to legally reside in the United States after the 2010 earthquake will expire on July 22, and the fate of over 50,000 Haitians rests in the hands of Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly.  Last April, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting Director James McCament recommended that the U.S. government end TPS for Haitian nationals. This recommendation is contradictory to the USCIS’s last December report that finds that the situation is still precarious in Haiti. The report also states that the country is still experiencing housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which makes “unsuitable” for Haitians current living in the U.S. to return to their home. Leon Rodriguez, McCament’s predecessor, said: “It’s in the best interest of the U.S. to protect refugees.” Add […]

James McCamenth’s Recommendation for Shortened TPS Contradicts Previous Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s current 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, which allows over 50,000 Haitians who have been residing legally in the United States, will expire on July 22. Last December, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that many problems continued in Haiti, including housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which made it unsuitable for Haitians to return to their earthquake-ridden country. The USCIS acting director James McCament’s recommendation that the U.S. government end TPS for thousands of Haitian nationals by next January is a departure from the agency’s previous stance. Extending TPS for those Haitians living in the U.S. in the past seven years is the right thing to do. As McCament’s predecessor, Leon Rodriguez, said, “…it usually is in the best interest of the U.S. to […]

TPS Extension Is in Both Haitian and U.S. Interests

Marleine Bastien, the Executive Director of Haitian Women of Miami, discusses the importance of  extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 50,000 legally residing in the U.S. In December 2016, former Secretary of State John Kerry recommended that TPS be extended for Haitians due to continued instability in their home country. However, in what seems to be a drastic departure from this prior recommendation, the acting director of USCIS, James McCament, recently opined that circumstances in Haiti have improved and have not warranted the full extension of TPS. In reality, Haiti still has many obstacles to overcome in its path to recovery from the January 2010 Earthquake, including destruction from Hurricane Matthew, a deadly cholera epidemic and growing food and housing insecurity. Haiti will be unable to support 50,000 dislocated Haitians, and communities across the U.S., including Disney World and Little Haiti, FL, would suffer […]

Sixteen Democratic Senators Write Secretaries Rex Tillerson and John Kelly Urging them to Extend TPS for 50,00 Haitians 

On July 22, 2017, as many as 50, 000 Haitians could be sent back to their earthquake-ridden country if the Trump administration fails to take action to extend Temporary Protected Status for them.  Sixteen democratic senators, including, the Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Diane Feinstein and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick J. Leahy wrote Secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson urging them to extend TPS for Haitians who have been living legally in the United States for the past seven years. The Senators pointed out in their letter that the situation in Haiti has not improved enough to end TPS for Haitian nationals. They wrote: In light of continued difficult conditions in Haiti, we request that you extend the existing Temporary Protected Statu s (TPS) for certain Haitian nationals currently living in the United States, […]

Cholera Affects Thousands as Haiti Waits for UN Action

The United Nations has been unable to move beyond mere promises in its efforts to support cholera victims and alleviate the epidemic in Haiti. After concrete evidence tied the cholera outbreak to infected UN peacekeepers, the UN is only at 2% of its goal to fund “The New Approach” to support Haitian victims and cholera projects. The United States has not joined the efforts, a notable absence after many pleas for contributions from the UN. However, as the Boston Globe Editorial Board writes, “there is still time for the US State Department to assert moral leadership.” The number of infected Haitians continues to climb, and an estimated 30,000 more will be infected this year; there is an urgent need, and cholera victims deserve justice now. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti is still waiting on promised UN help for cholera […]

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