WASHINGTON: The Trump administration said Thursday it will extend special immigration protections for Haiti and three other countries until January 2020.
The decision by the Department of Homeland Security, announced Thursday, gives thousands of Haitians an additional six-month reprieve from deportation, but holders of Temporary Protected Status still face uncertainty as the Trump administration continues to fight in the courts to end the program.
The decision affects Haitians, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Sudanese in the United States.
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As you know we are at a critical juncture as it pertains to the deportation of Dominicans of Haitian descent. We expect that any minute now the Dominican government will start their deportation process. HALANY, in conjunction with HALANJ and other activist organizations have been busy trying to bring public attention to this matter.
Our board Chair Ralph Delouis was on the Ebro in the Morning radio program on Hot 97 this morning doing a great job of discussing the issues taking place in the Dominican Republic.
It should be noted, as result of Ralph sharing his tweet demanding that the White House call on the Dominican Embassy. Ebro retweeted it to all his HOT 97 listeners. That's how it's done folks.
If you want to learn more about the history of the relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the impetus for the planned deportation of Dominicans of Haitian descent, the following is a recent article written by a group from John Hopkins University, of which our very own V.P. Ritha Pierre's cousin, Grace Cineas, was a contributor.
Additionally, there is a rally planned this Saturday, June 20 from 9am - 12pm in the Bronx at Webster Avenue and Fordham Road to protest the deportations. We hope you will be able to join in solidarity! Finally, there has been additional articles and coverage on this issue and we encourage all of you to educate yourself and others about these ongoing human and civil rights violations.
Saturday, June 20th Rally Information:
News Articles and Media Coverage:
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