Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Bill Hing blogged earlier today about the crisis in Haiti following the catastrophic earthquake that struck yesterday. The death toll is mounting and hundreds of thousands of lives are feared lost. Here is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, calling for the U.S. government to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the Haitians. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has joined the effort to persuade President Obama to grant TPS to Haitians while Haiti recovers.
Victoria Fine on Huffington Post has identified how people in the United States might provide relief to Haitians in need..
There is a bit of good news from the Obama administration. The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary John Morton today halted all removals to Haiti for the time being in response to the devastation caused by yesterday’s earthquake. ICE continues to closely monitor the situation.