The Honorable Joseph Biden

President of the United States

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Department of Homeland Security

Ambassador Susan Rice

Domestic Policy Council

Jake Sullivan

National Security Advisor

Anthony J. Blinken

Secretary of State
Submitted via email July 8, 2021

Re: Joint Letter to President Biden, DHS, DPC, NSA and DOS on Immediate Protection of Haitians Inside the U.S. and at the Southern Border After Assassination of President Moïse.

Dear President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, Amb. Rice, Advisor Sullivan and Secretary Blinken

The undersigned 134 human rights, humanitarian, immigration and women’s rights organizations come to you in great fear for the people of Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and serious injury of the first lady, Martine Moïse, at home in the middle of the night.

Armed gangs control many streets and have been kidnapping civilians, including school children and church pastors in the middle of their services. Now, experts warn that the political vacuum left by President Moise’s assassination could exacerbate the current cycle of violence in Haiti. At this time of great political and social uncertainty, it would be unconscionable and unlawful for the United States to refuse the entry of Haitians seeking protection at the U.S. border or to pursue removal proceedings, detention, deportation or expulsion of any Haitian nationals to conditions that can only be described as dangerous.

The Biden Administration publicly acknowledged the political turmoil and violence overtaking life in Haiti and rightfully redesignated Haiti for temporary protected status (TPS) on May 22, 2021 for an 18-month period. As DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in his TPS announcement,

Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. . . . After careful consideration, we determined that we must do what we can to support Haitian nationals in the United States until conditions in Haiti improve so they may safely return home.

We are grateful that the Administration took this step as it may provide protection to over one hundred thousand Haitians and their U.S. family members living here, but eligible Haitians still await publication in the Federal Register so that they can apply for TPS. A coherent domestic and foreign policy agenda with Haiti is crucial to ensuring that the rights and protection of Haitians are prioritized through the compassionate exercise of prosecutorial discretion inside the United States and the application of U.S. asylum law to those seeking refuge at the border. No Haitian should be subjected to expedited removal or reinstatement of removal given the lives at stake and the Biden administration’s own assessment of the dangerous conditions in Haiti.

As Paul Pierrilus, who has been in hiding since he was deported to Haiti in February 2021 even though he was not born in Haiti and is not a Haitian citizen, said today: “If the country is not safe for its own President how can it be safe for someone like me?”

More than one million Haitians and Americans of Haitian descent are part of our American fabric, establishing robust communities in states such as Florida, New York and Massashusetts where more than two-thirds live, and contributing their literature, art, cuisine, and effort to public health and countless businesses and nonprofits across the United States. Thousands more Haitians are stranded in treacherous conditions in Mexican border towns as they attempt to seek protection in the U.S. but face insurmountable barriers due to Title 42. Over two thousand more have been deported under the Biden Administration back to the same conditions that spurred a redesignation of TPS. We urge the Biden Administration to pursue a coherent domestic and foreign policy agenda, stand in solidarity with the Haitian community and immediately implement the following measures:

  • • Direct Senior Official Performing the Duties of CBP Commissioner Troy A. Miller to instruct CBP agents and officers to issue parole to all Haitians seeking protection at a U.S. border, refer them into INA Sec. 240 removal proceedings, and then ICE attorneys should join a motion to administratively close 240 proceedings and a referral of any asylum claim to the USCIS Asylum Office for adjudication. Mr. Miller should also direct CBP officers and agents to end Title 42 expulsions and deportation flights and process Haitian and other asylum seekers at ports of entry;

  • • Direct Acting ICE Director Tae D. Johnson and Principal Legal Advisor John D. Trasviña to issue guidance to ICE officers, agents, and trial attorneys to refrain from pursuing removal proceedings or the detention or deportation of Haitian nationals while the country remains in crisis;

  • • Publish the Haiti TPS redesignation in the Federal Register so that eligible Haitians may apply for protection;

  • • Employ a presumption against firm resettlement for all newly eligible TPS applicants from Haiti, including those previously deemed firmly resettled by an Immigration Judge. Where applicable, DHS should grant Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) or some other form of deferred action to any Haitian TPS applicant who may ultimately be denied TPS due solely to firm resettlement;

  • • Reinstate the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program, which allowed certain eligible U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to apply for parole for their family members in Haiti who have approved immigrant visa petitions but who cannot reunite with family members due to the years-long backlog in visa processing.

  • • Establish a mechanism to support Haitians who were unjustly deported in the past few years to Haiti so that they may be reunited with family and receive the protection of which they were deprived.

Sincerely yours,

Guerline Jozef
Co-founder and Executive Director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance

Patrice Lawrence
Co-Director of UndocuBlack Network

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    Resume Workshop

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    For those who have a work permit ........

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    Grand Opening of our San Diego Office

    HBA will be officially opening its San Diego office to service the community.

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Welcome to the Bridge

Haitian Bridge Alliance(HBA), also known as "The Bridge" is a coalition of Haitian non-profit organizations and community activists who have come together to serve the Haitian community in California and beyond.

We came together as a result of the Haitian immigrant crisis that hit San Diego. Our singular focus is to ensure the new immigrants' success as they navigate their new lives in the United States. While our current work is focused more on this crisis, our long-term vision is to expand the visibility and reach of the Haitian community in California and to assist wherever we are needed.

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In the news

Channel 7 NBC: A First Thanksgiving In The US.

Hundreds of Haitian refugees got to experience an American Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego Saturday. "What a better way to say thank you to God, to the community, to America for allowing these people to come and just be?", Guerline Jozef of the Haitian Bridge Alliance (HBA), says.

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Recent charity actions

November - December 2016
- Blanket and Jacket Drive

HBA has partnered with CaliHaitians, Sak Pase California, Music Changes Lives and the community to bring lightly used jackets and blankets to the newly arrived Haitian immigrants in Southern California. This winter is slated to be one of the coldest in a while. Your donations and gifts will go a long way in ensuring warm nights for someone in need. You can bring your gently used items to the HBA office during our office hours.

Alternatively, you can purchase a blanket or jacket from a Haitian owned store HERE and have the items shipped to the HBA office.

October 2016
- Hurricane Matthew Collection.

HBA is supporting CaliHaitians on immediate action on Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. CaliHaitians and its members will be soliciting and collecting supplies, donations and other goods to assist the southernmost parts of Haiti that were ravaged by Hurricane Matthew. HBA is honored to have been invited to assist, while keeping our eyes on the situation in San Diego.

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