J-Perry performing at 2022 summer festival of Haitian Network Group of Detroit, one of many Midwestern cities attracting Haitians. (photo courtesy of HNGD)

Across the country and legislative houses, politicians on both sides of the aisle are trying to influence U.S. immigration policy as the 2024 election gets officially underway, triggered by two specific events in particular: 2.7 million people encountered at the U.S. borders in 2022 and the expected end to Title 42, the controversial 1944 health provision reintroduced during the Covid-19 pandemic to reject applicants at the border, on May 11. 

Before looking at recent proposals and actions that might impact the estimated 200,000-plus Haitian immigrants in the U.S., here’s what to know about immigration policy.


Migrants at the southern border and the possible end to Title 42 put pressure on politicians to take action.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.