Residents walk past outdoor street vendors. Photo by George H. Rouzier for The Haitian Times

Four members of the U.S. Congress announced on Haitian Flag Day that they founded a Haitian caucus to better the relationship between the two countries.  

The House Haiti Caucus is the creation of Democrats Val Demings of Florida, Andy Levin from Michigan, Yvette Clarke of New York, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. The goal is to pursue a “more just foreign policy that puts the needs and aspirations of the Haitian people first.”

“This should be a turning point in the relationship between the United States and Haiti,” they said in the statement. “There is no excuse to repeat past mistakes. Instead, we will lift and listen to the Haitian voices that must shape a democratic future that will serve all of Haiti’s people, not the few.”

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  1. The House Haiti Caucus is a wonderful idea, a bridge that will connect the Haitian people to the United States. This bridge can finally enable Haitians to have access to health care, education, economic opportunities, justice, and housing. Thank you Congresswomen Demings, Clarke, and Pressley, and Congressman Levin.

  2. The creation of the Haiti Caucus is a good thing. It is long past time that we start pursuing rational policies in relation to all of our Caribbean neighbors, including Haiti, whose people are very much in need of help. To carry out an effective policy with regard to Haiti – and the rest of the Caribbean region as well – it is vital that we should enact the legislation to grant statehood to Puerto Rico. Statehood for Puerto Rico would give our country more diplomatic credibility in the Caribbean, plus the fact that statehood for Puerto Rico is the right thing to do. While on the subject of statehood for Puerto Rico, it is well to point out that statehood for Washington, DC is also the right thing to do.

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