Call for Action: Clarke and Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Push for Protection of Haitian Migrants

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, along with Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Ayanna Pressley and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, on Tuesday led a group of 50 lawmakers urging the Biden Administration to provide further protections for Haitian migrants.

In the letter, the lawmakers wrote, “We urge the Administration to redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), halt deportations back to Haiti, and extend humanitarian parole to any Haitians currently detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detention centers.

Additionally, we request your administration’s end to the detention of Haitian migrants who were interdicted at sea. The possibility of transferring them to Guantánamo Bay naval base and other offshore migrant detention centers is concerning and must not be explored. In addition, we are asking that you provide humanitarian assistance to help Haitians navigate these tragically traumatic and difficult times.”

In early March 2024, Rep. Clarke and the Haiti Caucus called for a Multinational Security Support Mission and humanitarian assistance to help restore security for the Haitian people. On March 12, 2024, Rep. Clarke and the Haiti Caucus issued a statement on the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

The letter is endorsed by 140 organizations and advocacy groups including UndocuBlack Network, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Communities United for Status and Protection (CUSP) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Read the full letter here.

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