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Haiti in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

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We pass along to you an Action Alert from Justice for Immigrant aimed at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House asking that they take appropriate measures to ensure the well-being of Haitians in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The alert message is in English and Creole. The Action Alerts can be read and sent from Justice for Immigrants homepage

Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti on October 4, 2016, killing hundreds and leaving 1.4 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, in response to Hurricane Matthew, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to enact humane immigration policies that would allow arriving Haitians to temporarily remain in the U.S. and support themselves while Haiti is being rebuilt.

On November 1, 2016, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration (USCCB/COM), joined Catholic partners at Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in a letter to DHS and the Department of State sharing concerns regarding the care and treatment of Haitians.

Bishop Elizondo and partners noted: "We are concerned about DHS' recent immigration policies which separate and detain Haitian family members. These policies are particularly inhumane in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew when our government should be showing Haitians compassion and support."

DHS also needs to hear from you and your fellow parishioners. We ask you to remind DHS that Catholics expect our government to do all it can to support Haiti and Haitians during this time of crisis.

Thank you.