Of Haitians in the United States warn those who are fleeing

  • Photo Ben Pelosse
    According to the authorities, from 1000 to 1200 people waiting to be admitted to Canada at the border crossing the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, including women and children.

    Matthew Payen and
    Vincent Larin

    Friday, 11 August, 2017 23:40

    Friday, 11 August, 2017 23:40

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    Leaders of the haitian community in Florida are pleading with their compatriots not to flee the United States to enter Canada illegally, where they could be deported.

    “We encourage the Haitian people settled here to stay and to organize themselves to find a solution to the politics of Donald Trump,” says Marleine Bastien, director of the organization Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, inc.

    Installed in the neighborhood of Little Haiti in Miami, the activist said understand the fear of his fellow citizens. “The threat is real, and yet Mr. Trump had said during the campaign that he was the ally of haiti,” says Ms. Bastien.

    Even the sound of a bell at the owner of the radios Alex Saint-Surin, who hosts the popular show Crossroads for over 20 years and live in Miami.

    “People call to say that it is easy to cross the border, but I tell them that once there it is not so obvious,” explains presenter at Radio Mega.


    Between 1000 and 1200 migrants were waiting to be admitted to Canada on the website of the border post of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, said the border services Agency of Canada on Friday.

    Photo Agence QMI, Joel Lemay

    They are housed in tents by the army and which can accommodate up to 700 people.

    Ms. Bastien and Mr. Saint-Surin believe that the main reason for the departure of the Haitians is finding a safe place where they can raise their children without fear of deportation.

    “We do not live well when one has no valid papers,” said Ms. Bastien.

    Despite everything, she believes he must fight because there is a chance that the u.s. government gives a time limit for the Haitians, or even give them permanent visas.

    “A lot of these people are skilled workers, nurses, entrepreneurs, teachers. They are perfectly adapted to american society, ” adds Ms. Bastien.

    For Alex Saint-Surin, who recently asked two immigration lawyers to discuss this topic, from Canada isn’t worth it.

    “There is a good chance they are deported to Haiti, where everything would be over for them “, he explains.

    Photo Agence QMI, Joel Lemay

    The border services Agency reported Friday that there are no cases of contagion at the moment on the site, even if the Red Cross had said on the eve that its volunteers treated a number of migrants for cases of gastro-enteritis.

    Not only

    Ms. Bastien also noted that Haitians are not the only ones who face a risk of deportation.

    The Hondurans and the Salvadorans will also know early 2018 if their visas will be extended or not.

    In total, 300 000 people are concerned by possible evictions. Activist haitian wants to believe that the economic loss that would result from such a departure will deter the american government to go forward.

    General John Kelly, secretary of homeland Security in u.s., announce on November 22, if the suspension of temporary visas for Haitians is confirmed.

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