Early this month, Hurricane Matthew
, the worst storm to strike Haiti in more than 50 years, left a wake of destruction in the still recovering island nation. While Matthew made headlines and has brought into focus existing issues such as the cholera epidemic and Haiti’s election delays, the ongoing plight of Haitian migrants traveling to the U.S. has gone largely unnoticed. In fact, over the past year, a steady and increasingly large influx of Haitian migrants has sought entry to the U.S. via the San Ysidro entry port in Tijuana, Mexico. Please join BAJI and BIN members for a call on Tuesday October 18
to learn more about the crisis facing Haitian Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and how you can help.
Most migrants are making a treacherous, 7,000 mile trek from Brazil, where an estimated 40,000 Haitian’s sought work and refuge on special visas following the 2010 earthquake. They are now displaced due to the changing economic and political conditions. While the U.S. government had initiated a humanitarian entrance for this population, the Department of Homeland Security has recently decided to reverse this policy, resuming deportations to Haiti and onlysuspended that decision due to the damage following Hurricane Matthew
.BAJI and the Black Immigration Network are determined to stand up for Haiti and Haitian migrants in crisis. Join the call tomorrow
to hear from groups on the ground, understand what the needs are and prepare to take action.