USCIS Publishes New Welcome Guide

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated the “Welcome to America” guidebook . The guide is published by USCIS with practical informaiton to help immigrants learn about life in the United S040513-national-immigration-reform-black-oathtates. It also contains basic civics information that introduces information regarding the U.S. system of government. Free copies are available for download in 14 languages. Several language translations often spoken by African and Caribbean immigrants including Somali, Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, Arabic and French.

 


Report: U.S. Deportations to Haiti Violate Human Rights

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Law School Clinics Release Report Documenting the 
Devastating Consequences of U.S. Deportations to Haiti

Report argues that returning people to post-earthquake Haiti violates human rights

 

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ORAL GABLES, FL (February 16, 2015) – A report documenting the failure of the United States to safeguard the human rights of those it deports to post-earthquake Haiti has been released by the Human Rights and Immigration Clinics at the University of Miami School of Law and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago School of Law. To view the report, click here.

 

The law school clinics collaborated with Alternative Chance/Chans Alternativ, Americans for Immigration Justice, Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti to conduct extensive fact-finding about the treatment of men and women who were deported on account of a criminal history, including over 100 interviews of deportees. The report recommends that the United States halt deportations to Haiti in light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis and extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to all Haitian nationals.

 

“We hope this report moves the U.S. government to stop deportations to Haiti,” said Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of FANM (Haitian Women of Miami). “Post-earthquake Haiti is unable to safely receive deportees.” Deportees face high levels of violence, lack of access to healthcare, and an inability to find employment and housing.

 

Deportations to Haiti affect deportees as well as the family left behind in the United States, imposing additionally financial and emotional strain on the spouses and children of deportees.  “The government has taken away my father, my best friend,” said a teenage girl whose father was deported after the earthquake.

 

Shortly after the earthquake, the United States granted TPS to eligible Haitians, which allowed them to stay in the United States. Excluded from protection under TPS are individuals convicted of two misdemeanors or one felony. Over the past five years, the U.S. has forcibly returned approximately 1,500 men and women, including parents of U.S. citizen children, people with severe medical and mental health conditions, and those with only minor criminal records.

 

“This report would not have been possible without deportees willing to share their stories of the almost insurmountable obstacles they face in post-earthquake Haiti,” said Geoffrey Louden, a third year law student at the University of Miami School of Law who traveled to Haiti last October and worked on the report. “We urge policymakers to listen”.


#ReuniteHaitianFamilies Online Rally!

With the DHS announcement of a Haitian Reunification Parole program, we will unite our voices to call for a program that includes all 110,000 families  with approved petitions. Join us all day on Wednesday October 29:Online Rally

  • Share stories, pictures and messages about reunification means for your family.
  • Show your support using the hashtag #ReuniteHaitianFams
  • Use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ to show your support using hashtag – #ReuniteHaitianFams. (Use this sign: Selfie-#ReuniteHaitianFams)
  • Join the campaign at www.ReuniteHaitianFamilies.com

 


DHS Announces Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians currently in the U.S.

More than 3,700 Liberians living in the United States are breathing a sigh of relief at the news that U.S. President Barack Obama has granted an extension of the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for eligible Liberians. The relieft from deportation was slated to expir on September 30.

 

“I have determined that it is in the foreign policy interest of the United States to defer for 24 months the removal of any Liberian national, or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia, who is present in the United States and who is under a grant of DED as of September 30, 2011,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

 

The grant of DED only applies to Liberians who have continuously resided in the U. S. since October 1, 2002. Since 1991, the U.S. has provided safe haven for Liberians who were forced to flee their country as a result of a 14-year armed conflict and widespread civil strife, in part through granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

 

Read the full article from All Africa here: http://allafrica.com/stories/201409291944.html

 

There may be additional administrative relief measures available for immigrants from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone currently residing in the U.S.

 

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