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Dealing With Statelessness in the Dominican Republic(0)

January 14, 2014

In September 2013, the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic (DR) reaffirmed a long-standing policy of denying citizenship rights to Dominicans born primarily of Haitian immigrant parents. The ruling, the Court said, was not subject to appeals: it had the final say  in the matter. Furthermore it ordered the Dominican Government to go through citizenship… Read More ›

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Obama: Borders First, Legalization Second?

President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform at the press conference marking his first 100 days in office. He laid out the case for legalization in a forthright manner, stating that a broken immigration system is: "not good for American workers. It’s dangerous for Mexican would-be workers who are trying to cross… Read More ›

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New York City Council Adopts Unanimously Resolution Urging TPS for Haitians

The New York City Council adopted by a vote of 51-0 a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals in the United States. The unanimous vote in favor of Resolution 1595, introduced by Haitian-American Council member Mathieu Eugene, is the latest to reflect a growing sentiment across the… Read More ›

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Biden Spills the Beans

Not a good time to push immigration reform. They say that you can always count on Joe Biden to speak his mind, or to go off-script as he holds court on one issue or another. Well today in Costa Rica, the Vice-President spoke words that are sure to send a cold sweat down the back… Read More ›

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Obama Grants TPS to… Liberians

What about the Haitians? President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on March 20,  extending the temporary stay in the US of an estimated 3,500 Liberians for another 12 months. Their current stay  of deportation would have expired in about 10 days on March 31st, 2009 and would have subjected them to deportation. Liberians breathed a… Read More ›

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Will Obama grant TPS to Haitian Immigrants?

The word on the street is that President Barack Obama is seriously weighing whether or not to reverse the Bush Administration’s decision to not grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian immigrants living semi-openly in the US. Patrick Gaspard, the White House Director for Political Affairs, recently made a quick trip to Miami to confer with advocates for the Haitians and communicate the Administration’s concerns. How did we get there and will Obama do right by the Haitians?

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What Haitian Leaders Should Take Away from Obama’s Inaugural Speech

In his inaugural speech on January 20, Barack Obama addressed mainly the expectations of the American people, but he had a few choice words for allies and foes abroad. What should Haitian leaders take away from his words? Two things: a warning and a promise.

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Bush to Haitians: Nyet on TPS

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff dispatched a letter to President René Préval of Haiti telling him that after carefully considering his request for the granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living under the color of law in the United States, he would deny it. Chertoff signed the letter on December 19, but the letter was not sent to Haiti until 11 days later on December 30, according to reliable sources.

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Ira Gollobin: Mentor and Friend

Ira Gollobin was a remarkable lawyer, a brilliant strategist, and a superb mentor and teacher. He did it all with deep humility that arose, not from false modesty, but from a profound understanding of a lawyer’s role in the political arena.

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Lost in America

I’m African-American and my family moved to California almost a hundred years ago after a lynching took place outside their hometown in Kentucky. I’m also undocumented, or in the current anti-immigrant vernacular, “illegal.”

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