Action Alert to the Department of Homeland Security:
Ensure the well-being of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew

Background:
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.

Take action by sending the following message (in English and Creole) to DHS Secretary Johnson:

Dear Secretary Johnson:

As a person of faith who is concerned about the well-being of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew, I urge you to:
• Redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status and extend the status through the duration of Haiti’s recovery;
• Permanently halt regular removals to Haiti and reinstate the practice of issuing humanitarian parole to Haitians seeking to enter the United States;
• Ensure family unity during the processing of arriving Haitians; and
• Support and expand existing family reunification parole programs to ensure timely, safe, and legal family reunification.

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, our nation must offer aid, protection, and compassion to our Haitian neighbors both abroad and within the United States. Our Catholic and other faith communities stand ready to support and welcome Haitians during this time of tragedy.
Sincerely,

Che Sekrete Johnson:
Kom yon moun de konfyans, moun ki konsene sou byennet la a, Ayisyen ki afekte nan Ouragan Matye, mwen ankouraje ou:
• Redesignate Ayiti pou estati tanpore pwoteje al pwolonje estati a nan dire e nan rekiperasyon Ayiti a;
• An pemanans sispann ranvwa regilye nan Ayiti ak retabli Pratik la nan founi dokiman yo libete pwovizwa imanite nan Ayisyen kap ap cheche antre nan Etazini yo;
• Asire inite fanmi pandan pwosessis la nan rive Ayisyen; ak
• Sipo ak elaji fanmi pwogram reyinifikasyon libete pwovizwa ki deja egziste asire ale, ki an sekirite, ak legal reyinifikasyon fanmi yo.

A la swit de siklon Matye, nasyon nou an dwe ofri ed, pwoteksyon, ak konpasyon li bay vwazen ayisyen nou tou de aletranje e nan lespas de peyi Etazini. Katolik nou yo ak lot kominote lafwa kanpe pare yo sipo al akeyi Ayisyen pandan tan sa a nan trajedi. Senseman,