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USCIS Director Recommends Ending Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

For months, advocates and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have been urging extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was first granted in 2010 after an earthquake ravaged Haiti and it has been constantly extended since then since conditions in Haiti haven’t improved enough to send people back. Now, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services has recommended that the Secretary of Homeland Security not extend the TPS deadline. Continued advocacy is needed to make sure that this recommendation is not heeded! Part of the article is below. Read the full text here. Learn more about TPS and calls for extension. Trump immigration agency wants to kick 50,000 Haitians out of the USA Alan Gomez, USA Today April 20, 2017 President Trump’s immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians […]

Potential Tourists Exert Pressure on DR Through Boycott

Hundreds are speaking out against the Dominican Republic’s human rights violations, taking to Twitter and Facebook to denounce its laws that strip citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent. DR’s policy redefines the terms of Dominican citizenship to exclude children born to illegal immigrants since 1929. Now, many people around the world refuse to support the Dominican Republic until the government ameliorates the crisis on the ground, and they are using a tourism boycott as a source of pressure to encourage this action. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the original article. Dominican Republic fears tourism boycott over citizenship ruling Yamiche Alcindore, USA Today July 31, 2015 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Jude Payoute of Atlanta tried to cancel his $6,000 family vacation here after learning about calls to boycott this Caribbean nation for denying citizenship to thousands of Haitian descendants. “I’m ashamed […]

What’s Haiti’s situation, 5 years post-quake?

Though some strides have been made in Haiti since the devastating 2010 earthquake, much remains to be done. Many families still live in Internally Displaced Persons camps with no foreseeable housing solutions. Many people agree that more aid money should have been given to the Haitian government and Haitian organizations but with the current political crisis, it doesn’t seem like that will happen soon. Haiti needs fair, democratic elections as soon as possible, to bring it towards a brighter future. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 5 years after quake, Haiti still on shaky ground Alan Gomez, USA Today December 30, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — After the earthquake swallowed his home and after three years living inside a tent with his wife and two children, Josué Lacrète finally found some peace. His family is one […]

Haitian Prime Minister Resigns, Following Commission’s Recommendations

Following a presidentially-appointed commission’s recommendations that he resign, and amid growing demands for his and the president’s resignation, Haitian prime minister Lamothe has resigned. Some worry that finding a new prime minister will aggravate the current elections crisis but some see the commission’s recommendations as a major step in the right direction. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti PM resigns amid political discontent Evens Sanon & Danica Coto, USA Today December 14, 2014 Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced early Sunday that he was resigning along with several ministers in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission’s call for him to step down. In a speech that was delayed past midnight, Lamothe said he was leaving “with a sense of accomplishment,” adding: “This country has undergone a deep and dynamic transformation and a real change in benefit of […]

Clinton: U.N. Soldier Brought Cholera to Haiti

Published by USA Today MIREBALAIS, Haiti (AP) – Former president Bill Clinton said Wednesday that a U.N. peacekeeper was responsible for bringing the cholera strain to Haiti but may not have known that he was doing so. Cholera has killed more than 7,000 people and sickened more than 526,000 others since it was introduced to Haiti in 2010. The disease hadn’t been seen in Caribbean country before that. “I don’t know that the person who introduced cholera in Haiti, the U.N. peacekeeper, or soldier from South Asia, was aware that he was carrying the virus,” Clinton told reporters at a hospital. “It was the proximate cause of cholera. That is, he was carrying the cholera strain. It came from his waste stream into the waterways of Haiti, into the bodies of Haitians.” But Clinton added that what “really caused” the cholera outbreak was the country’s […]

Six months after Haitian quake, many barriers to recovery

By Ingrid Arnesen and Marisol Bello, USA Today Ernst Leo helps out his 7-year-old daughter, Therissa, with her homework. She lost her right arm to the devastating January earthquake, and even though they live in a Port-au-Prince, Haiti, tent city, he manages to scrounge up tuition for her to continue her studies. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Six months after a devastating earthquake flattened Haiti‘s capital city, little has changed for Ernst Leo and his 7-year-old daughter, Therissa. Every night, they crawl into a cramped tent barely big enough to hold a mattress and their few belongings. For six months, they have lived on the street in a once-thriving middle-class neighborhood. Every day, they hustle for basic necessities. Their bathroom is in the home of a neighbor whose house is still standing, their evening light comes from Leo’s cellphone and their meals […]

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