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Prime Minister Hubert Minnis Urged to put a Moratorium to all deportations and an Easing the Rule for Refugees and Immigrants to  Access Services

September 6, 2019

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Rhenie Dalger, 786-280-9062, rdalger@fanm.org

 

Family Action Network Movement (FANM) and a growing list of immigrants, faith, and social justice organizations urge Prime Minister Hubert Minnis to put a moratorium on all deportations and to waive any and all requirements to prove immigration status in order to access assistance for all immigrants and refugees in this time of grave crisis.

 

In a letter to the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, released this morning, FANM reports receiving SOS from Haitian immigrants who fear seeking assistance because they were reportedly asked for immigration papers. 

 

Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of Family Action Network Movement (FANM) stated:” Access to hurricane relief efforts after a natural disaster is a fundamental human right, seeking these services should never lead to intimidation, detention or deportation”. Consequently, We, the undersigned organizations urge the Prime Minister to put a moratorium on all deportations in addition to waving the legal documents’ requirement for life-saving and other pertinent services.  This is the humane, compassionate, and sensible thing to do under these grave circumstances.

 

Haitians in the US, including some FANM employees, have been having a hard time locating families in the Bahamas. They fear the worst, especially since there seems to be a blackout on their very existence and the troubling news of being asked for immigration papers to access vital services.

 

Family Action Network Movement (FANM) formerly known as Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc)/ Haitian Women of Miami is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to the social, economic, financial and political empowerment of low to moderate-income families to give them the tools to transform their communities.

 

Supporting Organizations 

Ira Kurzban, Immigration Attorney

Kurzban Immigration Sourcebook

Alana Greer, Community Justice Project

Leonie Hermantin, Sant La Neighborhood Center

Isabel Vinent, Florida Immigrant Coalition

Marcia Olivo, Miami Workers Center

Andrea Mercado, New Florida Majority

David McDougal, Miami Climate Alliance

Jonatan Fried, We Count

Resilience Force/ National Guestworkers Alliance 

Thomas Kennedy, FLIC Votes

Tessa Painson, Haitian American Community Development Corporation

Archdeacon Jean Fritz Bazin, Episcopal Diocese of S Florida

Bud Conlin, Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees

Stephanie Phadael, Families Rights Network

Rosie Appolon, Bethel Church

Jimy Mertune and Tina Lorquet, Vwa Ayiti

Brax Tinkler, Power U

Lourdes Villanueva, Redland Christian Migrant Association

Jonathan Alingu, Central Florida Job with Justice

Trenise Bryant, Miami Workers Center

Jack Lieberman, 350 South Florida

Progressive Jewish Action

South Florida Labor Community Alliance

 

 

Read the letter HERE


 

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