Say what you will about President Obama, but something is undeniable: When it comes to immigration his administration has been consistent in speaking from both sides of its mouth. Take the case of Haiti, for example. After last year’s devastating earthquake Obama promised at the United Nations that the U.S. would “stand with the people of Haiti until they can stand on their own two feet.”
Haitian-Americans, myself included, have been especially proud that our adoptive homeland not only took the lead in recovery and relief efforts in Haiti after the massive January earthquake, but also temporarily suspended deportations of undocumented Haitian immigrants and granted them work permits so that they could earn income and help affected relatives in Haiti.
Earlier this month, President Obama and a bipartisan group of members of Congress did the right thing by granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the approximately 30,000 Haitian immigrants already in the United States. Granting TPS was a welcome and timely move that reinforced American values at a time of great international turmoil. It was a move that we, and many other organizations, applauded with the advertisement to the right, which appeared in Roll Call last Thursday, January 21st.
More than six out of 10 Americans believe U.S. troops and relief workers should remain in Haiti until life is more or less back to normal, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll released Monday found.
Earlier today we urged you to Stand with Haiti by donating to the post-earthquake relief effort and calling for a crucial protection, called Temporary Protected Status (TPS), for Haitian men and women living in the U.S. Well, here’s to a long-overdue victory! President Obama deserves praise for granting TPS, as do the bipartisan group of members of Congress and many, diverse advocacy organizations and bloggers who publicly urged him to do so.
Yesterday we blogged about the catastrophic devastation in Haiti as a result of this week’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Here are three ways to help right now: 1. Donate to the relief efforts. Give to organizations working in Haiti like Partners in Health. You can also contribute online to the Red Cross, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting “HAITI” to “90999.” 2. Sign a petition by Credo (a progressive mobile and online advocacy network) or Catholics United to President Obama. Both are also arguing for Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants already living in the United States.
This post is a weekly feature by Nezua, Media Consortium Blogger. On Tuesday, the worst earthquake in 200 years struck just off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as The Nation reports. Bringing “catastrophic destruction” to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, the disaster has spurred relief efforts worldwide. Crises like this are important reminders…
Yesterday Haiti experienced an earthquake of catastrophic proportions, which has left hundreds of thousands of lives in peril. While we know that it was a magnitude 7.0 quake, we do not yet know the magnitude of lives lost or damage done. While most everyone agrees that the crisis in Haiti is severe enough to warrant granting TPS to Haitian immigrants, the leading lights over at the John Tanton-linked Center for Immigration Studies are already complaining at the National Review Online about how those darned immigrants may not get deported, once protected.