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An Open Letter to New York City Immigrant Communities

To New York City’s Immigrant Communities: During these uncertain times we must remind ourselves of who we are as a city and hold steadfast to the values that we cherish and hold dear.  The values of hard work, respect and coming together during times of adversity define us as New Yorkers.  That will not change,...
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Brace Yourself Haiti

By Jocelyn McCalla ]Haitians can say goodbye to Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, President Barack Obama saw fit to use his discretion to grant this exceptional status to Haitians stranded in the US because of the extensive damage suffered by their country. The operative keyword is discretionary authority. At his discretion the president can grant TPS for a period of 18 months -- which Obama did in 2010 -- and extend this status for another 18 months or less depending on whether conditions in the country under consideration have sufficiently improved to allow an orderly return of the individual beneficiaries. President Trump is unlikely to extend TPS further for Haitians. In fact, he is unlikely to extend TPS for many other nationals who have benefited from such a measure.

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UN Troops to Depart Haiti But Are Haitians Ready

By Garry Pierre-Pierre I do believe that MINUSTAH should go, and should do so soon. But having said that I remain skeptical that once these blue-helmeted soldiers are out whether or not our institutions are ready to play their role in a democratic society. Can the police handle a protest of 10,000 or more? Can the judiciary uphold the constitution? Can the political parties behave responsibly? Can Haiti feed itself and care of the desperate needs of its people.
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Haitian Diaspora’s Defense of Guy Philippe is Deeply Misguided

By Garry Pierre-Pierre Two days after Guy Philippe was arrested in Haiti by Haitian police officers and extradited to Miami on drug charges, I received an email urging Haitians to sign a petition calling on the U.S. State Department to release him to the Haitian authorities. Philippe, who has been wanted by the U.S. Drugs and Enforcement Agency for more than 10 years, was nabbed on Thursday, Jan. 5 outside a radio station in Petion Ville minutes after he gave an interview.

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Emeline Michel To Perform At Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts At Brooklyn College

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues their commitment to outstanding performing arts with their latest musical showcase slated for Mar. 4 at 8:00 p.m. with legendary Haitian singer and songwriter Emeline Michel. Called “the Joni Mitchell of Haiti” and the “new goddess of Creole music,” she has been instrumental in putting such...

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