MIAMI – Nationals of seven countries currently enjoy Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States: Nicaraguans, Hondurans, Salvadorans, Burundis, Somalis, Liberians, and Sudanese – but not Haitians! TPS halts all deportations and grants work permits to all nationals of countries so designated. But Haitians have never received TPS and continue to be deported to Haiti despite conditions there!
We are glad for Cubans and for the Central Americans who have TPS and cannot be deported. They are our brothers and sisters! But it is immoral and wrong to deport Haitians despite the catastrophic natural disasters, devastating economic conditions, brutal human rights abuses, political paralysis, endemic violence, institutional failures and meltdown, and massive unemployment and poverty in Haiti!
STOP DEPORTATIONS TO HAITI!
Grant Haitians TPS! These deportations destroy our families, devastate our community, cut off remittances which sustain hundreds of thousands in Haiti, and discriminate against Haitians!
Our elected political leaders will LISTEN when we demonstrate and march! Gather Saturday, April 22 at 2 pm at 28 NE 54th Street and march to the DHS building at 79th and Biscayne Boulevard!
Stand up and come out this Saturday April 22! Don’t be left out! Celebrate with thousands of Haitian brothers and sisters and bring your family and friends! Raise your voice to demand: Stop Haiti Deportations! TPS and work permits for Haitians! Equal Treatment for Haitians Now!
Contact: Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, FANM/Haitian Women of Miami, 305 756-8050; Lavarice Gaudin, 786 285-3209; Steven Forester of FANM, 786 877-6999.
Supported by the Haitian American Grassroots Coalition; Haitian Women of Miami; the Haitian Lawyers Association; Haiti Solidarity; Veye Yo, Haitian Youth of tomorrow; and a broad host of other organizations, groups, and Haitian elected officials!