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President Obama to discuss immigration reform in 2009
Haitian Consortium and affiliates applaud decision
The Haitian Consortium applauds the White House for upcoming
conversations on comprehensive federal immigration reform that could
affect some 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
President Barack Obama said this week that his administration would
begin discussions on immigration reform later this year. Published
reports indicate that the administration would collaborate with a
bipartisan, diverse group of experts to help build the framework for
We believe that immigration is a human rights issue that needs
serious attention,” and we are thanking President Obama for putting
immigration reform on his agenda for 2009. The Haitian Consortium
and its affiliates are ready to assist the president in immigration
reform work because it “would truly serve the common good.”
While he congratulates President Obama for turning his attention to
another difficult, if not hot, political issue so early in his
administration, economist Parnell Duverger, Chairman of the
Louverture Center for Freedom & Development, a South-Florida based
Haitian-American research and service organization, remarks that the
U.S. president has the opportunity to insist on the strict respect
of the human and civil rights of illegal immigrants. Furthermore,
says Mr. Duverger, “a path must be created that leads to citizenship
for people who have demonstrated that they are hard working, law
abiding and eager to pursue the America dream.” Mr. Duverger
believes that the vast majority of illegal immigrants can safely be
taken out of the shadows and into the mainstream of America society.
Bishop Minerva Carcaño,
chair of the United Methodist task force on immigration, said the
church stands firmly in believing that the inherent value of all
immigrants means that all of their civil liberties should be
respected and maintained regardless of their legal status. “We
believe, however, that our present immigration policies violate
these basic rights,” she emphasized.
Thérèse Guilloteau, President of League to Empower Women (Lig Pouvwa
Fanm) takes this opportunity to congratulate President Obama for his
initiative action. Such Initiative will benefit undocumented Haitian
immigrants in the United States. The League to empower women is
confident that this new administration will put an end to the plight
of the thousands of Haitians who fled their country in search of a
White House Objectives
The Obama administration wants to preserve the integrity of the
country’s borders and support additional personnel, infrastructure
and technology on the border and at ports of entry, according a
White House website. It wants to fix the immigration system by
removing incentives to enter the United States illegally, to bring
people out of the shadows and to work with Mexico to cut down on
administration asserts that the number of undocumented immigrants in
the country has increased more than 40% since 2000, and annually
more than a half-million people enter the United States illegally or
overstay their visas. In addition, recent federal raids “only netted
3,600 arrests in 2006 and have placed all the burdens of a broken
system onto immigrant families,” according to the White House.
We appreciate the president’s statement. While the president has not
given any particulars, “the fact that he is talking about it is
extremely helpful and very appreciated.”
Haitian Consortium Points
are encouraging the administration to embrace comprehensive
immigration reform that will:
Provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.
Reunify immigrant families that have been separated by immigration
itself or due to workplace raids and detentions and deportations.
Increase the number of visas for short-term workers to enter the
United States to work in a safe, legal and orderly way.
Extend legal protection to all workers who come to stay for a
certain period of time as well as for those who stay permanently,
including the right to bargain for higher wages, to protest against
poor working conditions, and to preserve their human rights as
workers, be they documented or undocumented.
Eliminate privately operated detention centers, which are not
regulated by the federal or state governments.
End all indiscriminate raids.
suffering of immigrants because of raids, indefinite detention and
detention without federally regulated standards is why the Haitian
Consortium and many churches stand in solidarity with them. “The
suffering that immigrants have been going through has been immense.
it is our responsibility, it is our calling, it is our mission, to
stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters and advocate for
justice on their behalf.”
immigration reform should focus today,
End to raids,
Give a pathway to citizenship.
Protect of the rights of workers.
Support the reunification of families,
The above mentioned "focus" should be applied to all
undocumented workers, not just some.”
Enock Gustave, Chairman
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