August 16, 2017
Speaking in Miami, where county authorities hold prisoners for federal immigration agents, Sessions said sanctuary policies are an example of “lawlessness” and again vowed to cut off federal funding to communities that use them.
“The same Independence Day weekend when Chicago suffered more than 100 shootings and 15 homicides, Miami-Dade also had a historic number of shooting deaths — zero,” he said.
US Rep. Carlos Curbelo seeks more permanent solution for Haitian families living under TPS - Local 10
August 14, 2016
The congressman, as well as advocates and lawyers, listened, learned and brainstormed ways to help some 50,000 Haitians whose temporary protected status in the U.S. ends in January.
"There's been tremendous insecurity in the community about this," said Steve Forester, of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.
"For the South Florida economy, the impact would be disastrous," Curbelo said.
Haitian nationals have been afforded TPS since the 2010 earthquake there, and the policy has been repeatedly renewed because Haiti has not fully recovered.
The country has since endured a cholera epidemic and suffered damage from another hurricane just last year.
The goal is to eventually find a long-term and more permanent solution for Haitians who have built their lives in the U.S.
"People have made ties here," said Adonia Simpson, of Americans for Immigrant Justice. "They have family members here, U.S. citizen children, they own businesses, they own homes."
South Florida lawmakers across party lines unanimously support extending protections for Haitians.
Curbelo is now considering taking the issue up to the rest of Congress.
"Maybe it's time for members of Congress to put their names next to a legislative vehicle that can provide a permanent solution for these Haitian families who have been a part of our community for so long," he said.
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Forget About the “Bad Hombres,” Trump Targets America’s Most Vulnerable Immigrants - The Huffington Post
July 13, 2017
In recent weeks, it has become increasingly clear that Trump’s massive deportation machine is not targeting the “bad hombres.” Instead, hard working, long-term residents who pay taxes and have U.S. citizen children are in the crosshairs. Arrests of non-criminal undocumented immigrants increased by 150% between February and May 2017 compared to the same time a year ago.
Immigrants with old deportation orders who weren’t priorities for removal under Obama as long as they checked in with ICE officials once a year are now at risk. Clients who just a few months ago appeared eligible for humanitarian relief or lawful status are suddenly vulnerable to detention and deportation, including victims of domestic violence and human trafficking who cooperated fully with law enforcement and have pending u-visa applications.
Empresario hispano dona más de un millón de dólares para ofrecer asistencia legal a indocumentados - Primer Impacto
July 3, 2017
Mike Fernández es uno de los hombres más ricos de Florida y, como muchos inmigrantes, llegó a Estados Unidos sin papeles. Asegura que entiende perfectamente el miedo que viven los indocumentados cuando cruzan la frontera. Por ello, ha puesto en marcha una iniciativa para recaudar cinco millones de dólares que destinará a ayudar a indocumentados.
By Jacqueline Charles
June 2, 2017
For 29 years, Evette Prosper has called the United States home. It’s where she attended school, got married and gave birth to two children, now 8 and 7.
An only child, Prosper doesn’t know where her father is. And both her Haitian mother, and her grandmother — who migrated with her from Haiti when she was just a year old — are dead.
But her husband of 11 years is a U.S. citizen. That should place her squarely in the category of Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, holders that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security referred to when, announcing a six-month TPS extension last week for Haitians, it said many of the 58,700 recipients could adjust their status to remain and work legally in the United States on a permanent basis.
May 22, 2017
A humanitarian program that has allowed Haitians to legally live and work in the U.S. after a series of calamities befell their country was extended Monday until January — a move that fell far short of the hopes of Haitian-American community leaders and a range of Florida elected officials.
“It’s bad news. We are disappointed,” said Ronald Surin, a Fort Lauderdale attorney with a large Haitian clientele. He said the six-month extension of the program that was set to expire in July is “just a period for people to finalize their plans, gather their belongings and depart this country.”
Haitian-American community leaders wanted a full, 18-month extension of temporary protected status, which prevents deportation but does not grant a path to permanent residence or citizenship.
By Jacqueline Charles
May 19, 2017
Starting in February, Haitians began showing up at the low-cost health center run by Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade worrying about what they’ll do if the federal government ends the program that protects them from deportation.
Anxious and scared, they’re searching for answers if the Trump administration decides they must return to Haiti, which is still struggling to rebound from a 2010 earthquake, a deadly cholera epidemic and a hurricane last year.
“They are scared of what’s going to happen to their kids, of what’s going to happen to them,” said Emma Manuella Fleurimont, a mental health counselor at one of the centers.
“Some of them have been living here for years. They have everything here. They have nothing in their country,” Fleurimont said. “Imagine someone who came from Haiti after the earthquake. They lost their house, maybe family members, and now you tell that person you’re going to send them back to Haiti. What is this person going to do?”
May 9, 2017
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has begun hunting for evidence of crimes committed by Haitian immigrants as it decides whether to allow them to continue participating in a humanitarian program that has shielded tens of thousands from deportation since a devastating earthquake.
The inquiries into any criminal histories of Haitian immigrants were made in internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services emails obtained by The Associated Press. They show the agency’s policy chief also wanted to know how many of the roughly 50,000 Haitians enrolled in the Temporary Protected Status program were taking advantage of public benefits, which they are not eligible to receive.
Cheryl Little, Executive Director, Americans for Immigrant Justice
April 26, 2017
Jonathan was a true role model and hero. I admired him crazily, loved him so, and knowing him is one of my life’s greatest blessings.
By Jacqueline Charles, April 21, 2017
The Trump administration is recommending sending tens of thousands of Haitians back to their homeland because it believes conditions have significantly improved in the disaster-prone, poverty-stricken nation.
But the move comes as more than 40,000 Haitians continue to call makeshift shelters and tents homes — seven years after Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake — and as severe hunger and housing crises plague the country’s southern region six months after a deadly Hurricane Matthew wiped out roads, home and farmland.
“If they send everyone back to Haiti, they might as well be sending us to die,” said Cadeus Chaleus, 70, who after 16 years of living as an undocumented immigrant in Miami has spent the past seven years living without fear of deportation. “Despite what they say, things have not improved at home.”