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A Matter of Gratitude and Respect - Open letter to President Donald Trump


Boca Raton, Florida
January 2018
President Donald Trump
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Mr. President, several years ago, I wrote an open letter to President Ronald Reagan on behalf of Haitian expatriates fleeing the murderous Duvalier regime who were seeking refuge in our country but were being deported. A similar situation is occurring today with the presence here under temporary protection status granted by President Obama of some of the victims of the terrible earthquake that killed 300,000, wounded thousands, left more than a million homeless and destroyed the infrastructures of many areas. After that disaster and the non-delivery of most of the international help that was offered, Haiti is far from recovering. To add insult to pain and suffering, you have reportedly qualified Haitians and their nation with a vulgar, blatantly mean expletive. Should you and your Government decide to deport them, Mr. President, they and their nation at least deserve respect and an apology. Many have been the arguments invoked in favor of allowing those few people to remain here - compassion, justice, human rights, protection of lives, family unification, etc. Unfortunately, all that is being defeated in the name of "law and order" and "defense of our borders". I am taking the initiative to write to you, Mr. President, not just as a request for compassion or justice, but also in defense of the honor of my native Haiti, a glorious country whose epopee is the most heroic in History, a nation to whom the whole world and the United-States in particular owe a debt of gratitude.

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Emotional Haitian-born graduating from West Point Military Academy

Here is a Haitian born who couldn't hold his tears as he was graduating from West Point Military Academy. Alix Idrache was born in Haiti. He became second lieutenant in the US Military. This picture was taken during his graduation with 950 classmates and shared with thousands around the world in the social media. As he later explained after seeing the picture, "I was overwhelmed with emotions". He has plan to become a pilot as he will shortly report to FT. Rucker to start flight school.

What do you think

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Haitian-American Rolin Jean, one of Florida ‪Powerball‬ winners

Haitian-American Rolin Jean is one of the luckiest men on earth this week. he has wan $1 million in the Powerball Jackpot that has reached over $1.5 billion of dollars. Rolin Jean is a 50 year old Miami resident who matched five white balls in Wednesday's historic ‪Powerball‬ drawing. He purchased the ticket at Orion Gas which is located at: 10301 Northwest 7th Avenue in Miami.

Isn't he my long lost cousin that I have not seen for years?. If anyone has the phone number for Rolin Jean, please I would like to have it.

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Haitians Represent 15 Percent Of The U.S. Black Population

A recent report dated April 9, 2015, on The Washington Post reveals that a record 3.8 million foreign-born blacks now live in the United States. The share of the black population, largely from Africa and Caribbean has grown up to 8.7% in 2013 from 3.1% of 1980. Out of that, the share of the Haitian immigrant population was 1.5% in 2014 and the number of the total Haitian immigrant population was computed at 606,000 in 2012.

At the earlier time, the immigrant population was very small, estimated at approximately 5,000 in 1960. The number started rising when they began arriving in large numbers following the collapse of the Duvalier dictatorship in the late 1980s. An estimate hints that by 2060, 16.5% of the U.S population will be foreign born. The tendency to concentrate with such population has been more in cities that already had higher numbers of black populations. In Miami, 34% of its black community was born elsewhere. Such figure is 28% in the case of New York metro. The influx of immigrants has started since 2000. Most of the 40 million U.S blacks have roots in Africa and many of their ancestors were brought in as slaves during the 18th century, and by the end of that century, the number of blacks was nearly 20% of total U.S population. Haitian immigrant population in the U.S, is the 4th largest immigrant group from the Caribbean, following Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. The higher number of Haitian immigrants can also be found in France (77,000), Canada (74,000) and Bahamas (40,000). As per the Center for Immigration Studies, 2008, the top states of Haitian immigrant settlement in the U.S are: Florida (251,963; 46%), New York (135,836; 25%) New Jersey (43,316; 8%), Massachusetts (36,779; 7%), Georgia (13,287; 2%), and Maryland (11,266; 2%). There are 310,000 U.S.-born Americans who have at least one parent born in Haiti.

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Haitian-Americans Wrestling To Support Their Own Mormon Republican Mia Love

Mia Love, was born in Brooklyn to parents who came from Haiti in the mid-1970s. She has defeated Democrat candidate Doug Owens in the recent contest after a hard-fought competition in Utah's 4th Congressional District. She pulled away 50% of the votes, leaving 46% for Owens. Mia Love is not only the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, she is also the first black woman running as a Republican to be elected to Congress and the first Mormon woman in Congress. Mia Love is a Mormon Republican from Utah, she will be the Republican's first black female member of Congress when she visits Washington in the new year. However, despite her historic achievement, the Haitians are in dubious mind to support Mia Love on the ground of her contentious political views and religion. 'Mormonism' has a historic uneasy relationship with traditional Christianity as it differs on their status of God and their beliefs with the traditional branches of Christianity like Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, and most branches of Protestantism.

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First Haitian-American Female Comes to Congress, Ludmya Bourdeau

The Caribbean bloodline has been tested by a history of enslavement, proven to be resilient and spirited, never giving into defeat and always hoping for a better tomorrow. Here are examples of Caribbean-Americans, who have made their imprint on the American consciousness.

Haitian-American Ludmya Bourdeau recreated herself by adopting a Utah town as her legal residence, joining the Mormon Church, and running for mayor under the name Mia Love as a Republican, and winning. This month she became the first black and Haitian-American woman to win a Republican Congress seat in the general elections. She stands on the shoulders of Toussaint Louverture, who became leader of the first black-led nation in the world in 1804.

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New York State Assembly Seat Historic Win for Haitian-American

Rodneyse Bichotte pulled off the feat of being the first Haitian-American to capture the 42nd State Assembly District seat in Brooklyn during the general elections, trouncing opponents Matthew Williams and Brian Kelly with 90% of the vote.

In her victory speech, Bichotte expressed appreciation to her campaign staff, volunteers, supporters, and the many elected officials that threw their weight behind her, helping her succeed at the ballot box. She mentioned Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City; Caribbean-American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; Jamaican-American Assemblyman Nick Perry, and Jamaican-American former New York City Councilwoman, Una Clarke. During the campaign Bichotte ran on a platform of issues ranging from immigration and education reform to health care services, affordable housing, elder care, jobs, and women's and LGBT rights.

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Haitian-American mayor, Marie Lucie Tondreau, Indicted on Mortgage Fraud

This can't look good for the Haitian community. First female Haitian-American Mayor of North Miami, Marie Lucie Tondreau, was among four people indicted on Mortgage found Monday, May 19, 2014.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida on Monday filed criminal charges for activities from December 2005 to May 2008 well before Marie Lucie Tondreau had become the Mayor of North Miami.

Tondreau along side with Karl Oreste, Okechukwu Josiah Odunna and Kelly Augustin were all charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. If convicted, she is likely to face up to 30 years in prison.

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Haitian-American calling on Barbara Sharief for support

A gathering of neighborhood legislators and pioneers, headed by Enterprise Florida, was last month called for a trade mission. The group included Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, and also involved nearby business pioneers of the Dominican Republic. Governor Rick Scott was invited, but couldn't attend.

Now the HAPC (Haitian American Professionals Coalition), a non-profit that supports the necessities of the Haitian people is publicly challenging Sharief, and other pioneers, for their participation.

The reason, of course, stems from the Dominican Republic's unpopular new law that de-nationalized thousands of Haitians. The group views the participation of the assembled leaders as capable of sending the message to the Dominican government that their way is right and not a violation of the human rights of their Haitian neighbors. If not, then they have betrayed the smaller country by choosing to ignore the situation.

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Next generation of Haitian leaders, American-Haitian Diaspora

If you are an enterprising youth with hopes of a future as a leader in Haiti, a new scholarship program, put on by the American-Haitian Diaspora through the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, D.C., will be just right for you. The planned annual scholarship program will give the opportunity to young professionals and college students to visit Haiti and receive first hand mentorship and experience working within Haiti's key governmental departments.

The scholarship is unpaid, so candidates will be expected to bear responsibility for their travel, lodging, transportation and all personal expenses, expected to cost as much as $4,500 USD for their stay. Candidates are expected to provide evidence of their academic ability, have excellent oral and written communication skills in French and, preferably, also Creole, the ability to solve problems, work well with others, and work on initiative.

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