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Haiti
Action Alert!
Temporary Protected
Status for Haitians Now!
[Recent Deportation of
over 30,000 Undocumented
Haitians Underscores
Discriminatory U.S. Policy
towards Haiti]
February 2009

SUMMARY:
Haiti is experiencing an
unprecedented humanitarian
crisis. Last year, during a one
month period, four hurricanes
devastated the country.
According to conservative
estimates, over 800 people
were killed and the total damage
was equivalent to 15 percent of
Haiti’s gross domestic product
(GDP). Countless others were
reported missing and injured.
United States Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE)
officials have now issued
deportation orders to over
30,000 undocumented Haitians
and are returning them to a
country still struggling to rebuild
and not able to provide the
critical social safety nets
needed for people to survive.
Urgent action is needed to halt
the arrests of these deportees.
Call the Department of
Homeland Security Comment
Line today at 202-282-8495 and
urge them to immediately halt
deportations, grant Temporary
Protected Status (TPS) to
Haitians in the United States
and conduct a full review of its
policy towards Haiti.

BACKGROUND:
Temporary protected status (TPS)
is granted by the United States
(Homeland Security Department) to
eligible nationals of countries that
cannot safely return to their
homelands because of armed
conflict, environmental disaster, or
other extraordinary and temporary
conditions. Haiti clearly fits this
description. Yet, unlike countries
such as El Salvador, Honduras,
Nicaragua, Sudan, and Sierra
Leone, Haitians are treated
differently and are not recipients of
TPS. For instance, many
Hondurans and Nicaraguans are
still getting TPS from a natural
disaster (Hurricane Mitch) that
occurred in 1998 and Salvadorians
are still benefitting from TPS
received following earthquakes in
El Salvador in 2001.
The Haitian government has
repeatedly sustained that it cannot
accept deportees until the country
is in a better condition and is
declining to issue travel
documents. Haitian authorities are
reportedly in talks with the
Department of Homeland Security
to resolve the issue and to
advocate for TPS.
ICE officials, however, continue to
adopt an aggressive position and
maintain they are only enforcing
the law and not treating Haitians
more harshly than nationals of
other countries. Of the deportees,
approximately 600 are in ICE
custody. The thousands remaining
will be expected to leave voluntarily
and branded as “fugitives”
otherwise. The government already
has "fugitive alien teams" across
the country ready to capture
people.
ICE argues that the Haitian
government is forcing people to
suffer for longer periods of time in
crowded detention centers
because they are resisting the
deportations. Instead of
acknowledging their policy is
humane, they are playing the
blame game and are indifferent to
the consequences this will have on
Haiti’s already fragile economy.
Meanwhile, in a country where over
half of the population is already
living below the extreme poverty
line and the
risk of a child dying before the age of five is 86%, the ability for Haitians in the United States to work, pay
taxes, and send remittances to relatives back home means the difference between life and death—particularly
in this troubled world economy.
At a time where fair immigration reform is badly needed, the current situation reveals that Haitians are
experiencing more of the same unjust policies of the past. Several members of Congress have criticized the
Department of Homeland Security's decision to arbitrarily resume deportations in December 2008 (after
temporarily halting deportations for three months last year after the hurricanes). Haitian activists and
immigrants are outraged at the decision and need our solidarity. At this critical time, Haitians deserve the
same protection granted to other nationals in similar situations.
ACT TODAY!

Call on the Obama Administration to halt inhumane deportations to
storm-ravaged Haiti and grant Haitians TPS now!

Call the Department of Homeland Security Comment Line today at 202-282-8495 and urge them to
immediately halt deportations and grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the United
States and conduct a full review of its policy towards Haiti.

TransAfrica Forum is the leading U.S. advocacy organization for Africa and the African
Diaspora in U.S. foreign policy. TransAfrica Forum helped lead the world protest against
apartheid in South Africa and today works for human and economic justice for African
people on the continent of Africa, in Latin America and in the Caribbean. Contact us:  
TransAfrica Forum, 1629 K Street, N.W., Suite 1100, Washington, D.C., 2006, 202-223-1960,
www.transafricaforum.org.

TAKE ACTION!
Contact Homeland Security today!
Haiti is the first Country to
abolish slavery in the western
hemisphere.
Jean Baptiste
Pointe du Sable
from Haiti
is the Founder of Haiti.
The only Country in the
western hemisphere to under
go successful slave revolution.
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Haiti: US Congress members warn Clinton
to include Lavalas in elections
by Randall White
Haiti Action.net - Port au Prince, Haiti — "President John Kennedy famously
remarked, 'Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent
revolution inevitable.' Running transparently unfair, exclusive elections, with the
support of the international community, will leave many Haitians to conclude that
they have no choice but to protest the elections and the consequent government
through social disruption. That disruption threatens to severely limit such a
government's ability to govern, and imperils the United States' past and future
investments in Haiti's reconstruction."

- Urge Secretary Clinton to Support Free, Fair and Inclusive Elections in Haiti
Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

After being virtually silent on electoral justice in Haiti since 2005,
Congresswoman Maxine Waters is now attempting to get her colleagues to sign
on to a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to withhold US
funding for the November 28 presidential and parliamentary elections in Haiti
that are designed exclude the largest political organization in the country.

In a recent OpEd in the Miami Herald former Counsel to the President of Haiti, Ira
Kurzban wrote:

"Imagine if the Federal Election Commission in the United States disqualified
the Democratic and Republican parties from the 2012 presidential election and
declared that only candidates of minor parties could run. No one would consider
it a fair election, and certainly the people of the United States would rise up,
claiming the election is unconstitutional and undemocratic.

Yet the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Haiti on Nov. 28
are just that -- unfair, unconstitutional and undemocratic. The country's
Provisional Electoral Council, which itself is not constitutionally composed, is
refusing to allow the country's majority party — Famni Lavalas (Lavalas Family)
— to participate in the election. Thirteen other legitimate political parties are also
being excluded from parliamentary elections...

Follow this link for more: Haiti: US Congress members warn..
The Haitian Alliance, Inc.
Transforming Haiti one child at
a time, one tree at a time
www.transformhaiti.org
Check out the blog post:
'Haiti 1 Year After the Earthquake'
Let's not forget about Haiti. Read up on recent developments.
Blog post added by
Editor:
January 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that
devastated the Caribbean nation of Haiti. One year later, reconstruct...
Blog post link:
Haiti 1 Year After the Earthquake
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'US Resumes Deportation of Haitians'
Update on Haitian Immigration policy in the USA
Blog post added by Editor:
The immigration authorities of the United States will resume the expulsions,
temporarily suspended after the earthquake of January 12, of t...
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