Immigration is a major issue among Haitian. It is estimated that over 4 million Haitians are currently living outside of Haiti
Since the 9/11, the world has changed and the US has redefined "border enforcement" to combat terrorism against American interests in a whole new way. In that sense, the American homeland is the entire planed.
How does this affect us?
I am glad you asked that question.
Currently, US Border Patrol Agents are implementing Haiti - Dominican Republic border enforcement. The enforcement model that has been used by the Dominican Republic with Haiti was designed in United States.
The efforts of Haitian activist Colette Lespinasse have not been in vain. She has labored tirelessly for the last 20 years to fight for the rights of Haitian refugees who have relocated to the Dominican Republic as well as Dominicans who have been treated unfairly while in Haiti.
Lespinasse has finally been recognized by Refugee International, which has awarded her the coveted 2nd annual Richard C. Holbrooke Award together with a $5,000 token in appreciation of her work. The award was created to honor those who demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt that they are committed to ensuring fair treatment of refugees, with protection of all their human rights.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Government announced Thursday that they will resume deportation of Haitians who were there illegally. This will affect only those who came before the January 12 2010 earthquake.
The Haitians in the Turks and Caicos Islands have been enjoying special protection after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had urged governments all over the world to grant interim protection to Haitians on humanitarian grounds to those who had left Haiti.
Turks and Caicos Island has an estimated population of 32,000 people. There is a large community of Haitians who left their country in search of a better life for their family. The Turks and Caicos Islands Government says it deported 938 Haitians in 2010 and 611 in 2011.
What is going on? Wasn't the decision for President Michel Martelly to finally give his passport as proof that he is in fact a Haitian citizen take care of any doubt? What is the deal with November 21, 2007?
On Thursday, President Michel Martelly accompanied by representatives of several religious groups in Haiti and by U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten, made a public presentation to the press of 8 passports. President Michel Martelly hoped that these passports given to the Haitian senate for verification would put the question about his nationality to rest once and for all.
The president of Haiti, Michel Martelly displayed his Haitian passport in a meeting to prove that he is in fact "Haitian Tet Kale". President Michel Martelly was accused first by Haitian Senator Moise Jean-Charles that he had renounced his Haitian citizenship and that he hold two foreign nationalities, that of the Italy and the United States. A Senate committee was created to investigate on his nationality.
The president had been saying all along that he his a Haitian and never renounced of his nationality. He also stated that he would never show his passport and that the passport would stay in his pocket.
The government of Haiti has taken a stand on the request by the Senate Committee responsible to investigate the nationality of President Michel Martelly and members of the Haitian government. The Haitian Government has instructed all members of his government to refrain from submitting the requested documents. The Press Office of the Martelly government stated that unless there is a Court Order requiring them to submit travel documents, it will not happen.
"Me Zanmi, Ala Yon Payi Gin Bandi"
According to a report, President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Garry Conille on Monday headed a Ministers' Concil meeting at the National Palace. They reviewed the request made by members of the Haitian congress requiring for all members of the government to prove their Haitian nationality by submitting passports. The government concluded that unless there is a court order requires them to do so, they will not do so.
The ball is now in the court of Senator Moise Jean Charles as the American embassy in Haiti has released a letter putting doubt in the allegation of that Haitian President Michel Martelly is an American citizen. The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince denied the claim that USA Passport number PUSA0439112330 belongs to the Haitian president Michel Martelly.
The US Embassy, however did not say whether or not Michel Martelly is an American citizen.
On the other hand, Senator Moise Jean Charles who has been quiet for the past few weeks came out after the release of the letter from the US embassy to defend his claim. According to the the Haitian Senator, the letter from the US embassy did not help the president only support his claim that President Michel Martelly is American.
President Michel Martelly held a news conference on Friday, February 3rd, before leaving for an official visit. In the news conference, he discussed several issues, including the incident that took place at the residence of Prime Minister Garry Conille, his passport being requested by the senate committee and other issues.
Here is a brief summary on his response about the the matter related to his passport: "For those who are still talking about my passport, it is unfortunate. There is no law that gives anyone or any institution any right to ask the executive government report on his passport. The passport will stay right where it is.
The most important news coming out of Haiti for he past few weeks has been allegation that president Michel Martelly is not only Haitian. According to Senator Moise Jean Charles, The Haitian President has been lying about his citizenship. Moise told everyone that he has proof that our beloved President Martelly holds both American and Italian citizenship and consequently not qualified to be the President of Haiti.
Senator Joseph Lambert confirmed yesterday that two members of the Government cabinet so far have been found to be of foreign nationality. The Commission responsible to investigate the matter plans to travel outside of the country to Washington DC as well as to many other countries to verify the nationality of President Michel Martelly.
According to the Senator of North, Moise Jean-Charles, The Haitian president in deed has renounced to his Haitian nationality in the past. Michel Martelly in possession of American and Italian citizenship, says Moise Jean-Charles.
Senator Moise Jean-Charles is so certain of his allegation that is already advocating for the removal of President Michel Martelly from office.
"Today is the end for President Martelly, too long he lied to the people, the truth is now clear, leaving only his removal," said Senator Jean-Charles.
The extent and detail of the dossier is unknown at present; however Senator Moise Jean-Charles already released his dossier proving that President Michel Martelly is in possession of American and Italian citizenship
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