Tag: Haiti

Two of 17 Kidnapped Missionaries in Haiti Are Freed, Group Says

Two people associated with an American missionary group seized in a mass kidnapping in Haiti more than a month ago have been released, the organization said Sunday. The hostages were among 17 people kidnapped by a notorious Haitian gang on Oct. 16 as they paid a visit to an orphanage outside the capital, Port-au-Prince. In […]

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Unauthorized Migration Across the Mexico-U.S. Border Slips

After a major influx of migrants overwhelmed the Southwestern border throughout much of the spring and summer, unauthorized crossings in October were down for the third straight month, federal authorities announced Monday, with the number of Haitians plummeting by more than 90 percent. But the drop in Haitian apprehensions probably signals only a temporary pause, […]

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The U.S. Needs a Hemispheric Migration Strategy

For example, legal pathways tend to take pressure off irregular migration by giving people alternatives they can aspire to, a key starting principle. The United States, Mexico and Canada have been jointly trying to expand short-term labor visas for Central Americans to give them another option besides irregular migration. The Cuban parole program also did […]

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Gangs Rule Much of Haiti. For Many, It Means No Fuel, No Power, No Food.

The government’s withering authority is a consequence of its own shortsighted strategy to use gangs to achieve its objectives, human rights advocates say. Early this month, Pastor Jean Ferrer Michel had parked outside of his church when armed, masked men jumped out of a justice ministry vehicle and bundled him away, his daughter, Farah Michel, […]

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Tapachula, Mexico, Is an Open-Air Immigration Prison for the U.S.

Each morning, up to 5,000 people line up to register and receive an interview date to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. The registration opens at 8 a.m., but there are so many people that most come before 5 a.m. to secure a place in line, which by opening time stretches in loops around […]

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The Haiti Kidnapping Shows Gangs Are Getting Stronger

In the face of mounting resistance to his presidency, Mr. Moïse and his party fell back on a tried-and-true tactic in Haiti: They turned to the gangs to silence opponents. A coalition of armed groups soon expanded into opposition-led neighborhoods through extortion, kidnapping and sexual violence. Mr. Moïse is suspected of having enabled the repression […]

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‘Morally, They Are Lost’: Gangs in Haiti, Breaking a Taboo, Target the Church

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The gang kept them for 19 days, giving the captives nearly everything they asked for: soap, decent food and even Gatorade. But as time wore on, the gang grew more nervous, ripping apart the priests’ gowns to make blindfolds and handcuffs. When they feared the ransom would not be paid, they withheld […]

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The Around-the-Clock Prayer Effort to Save the Haiti Hostages

Noon It is time for Oasis Christian Fellowship in Schaefferstown, Pa. Earl Horst, an elder, learned about the kidnapping a few hours after it happened. A family in the church who had spent years in Haiti had heard first, and by the next morning, when someone saw the prayer chain spreadsheet that was also circulating […]

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‘It’s Terror’: In Haiti, Gangs Gain Power as Security Vacuum Grows

They raped women, burned homes and killed dozens of people, including children, chopping up their bodies with machetes and throwing their remains to pigs. The gruesome massacre three years ago, considered the worst in Haiti in decades, was more than the work of rival gangs fighting over territory. It was organized by senior Haitian officials, […]

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After Del Rio, Calls for Fairer Treatment of Black Migrants

Regardless, the images of agents on horseback drew such a visceral reaction not just from immigration advocates, but also from Black Americans and powerful civil rights organizations like the N.A.A.C.P., that many see this as a moment to effect change. “The connections have been made for Black people,” said Judith Browne Dianis, the executive director […]

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F.B.I. Working on Mass Kidnapping in Haiti as Protests Against Lawlessness Erupt

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The F.B.I. and the State Department are working with the American Embassy in Haiti and local authorities to recover a group of 17 missionaries and their children who were kidnapped in Haiti, White House and law-enforcement officials said on Monday. “The president has been briefed and is receiving regular updates on what […]

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Protests Against Lawlessness Erupt in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Small, peaceful protests erupted across Haiti Monday morning, with groups taking to the streets and some burning tires and blocking roads with barricades, to demand that the government restore security in a country where many feel violence and crime have spiraled out of control. Calls for a broad strike emerged last week, […]

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For Christian Aid Ministries, Charity in Haiti Turns to Chaos

Christian Aid Ministries reported revenue of more than $130 million in 2019, according to its latest available tax filings. Almost all of that revenue came from contributions. The group is involved in 126 countries around the world. Mr. Miller, who also serves on the board of a smaller relief group called the Haiti Christian Union […]

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Mass Abduction of U.S. Missionaries Startles Even Kidnap-Weary Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Children on their way to school, street vendors selling their wares, priests mid-sermon — few Haitians, rich or poor, are safe from the gangs of kidnappers that stalk their country with near impunity. But the abduction this weekend of 17 people associated with an American missionary group as they visited an orphanage […]

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‘400 Mawozo’ Gang Suspected in Kidnapping Among Haiti’s Most Dangerous

The gang that the police say kidnapped 17 missionaries and their family members in Haiti on Saturday is among the country’s most dangerous and one of the first to engage in mass kidnappings. The gang, known as “400 Mawozo,” controls the area that the missionaries were abducted from in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince, the capital. […]

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For Haitians, the Border Crisis Doesn’t Stop with Del Rio

The camp at Matamoros was perhaps the most egregious to emerge under MPP. Over its several years in existence, more than 3,000 people languished there in crowded tents with minimal access to healthcare, regular food or running water. In February of 2020, a month before Title 42 came into effect and while MPP remained in […]

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The President of Racist Windstorms Makes Baseless Claim That Haitian Migrants Coming to the US ‘Probably Have AIDS’

Trump Makes Baseless Claim That Haitian Migrants Coming to the US ‘Probably Have AIDS’ “Many of those people will probably have AIDS, and they’re coming into our country, and we don’t do anything about it. We let everybody come in. It’s like a death wish for our country.” G/O Media may get a commission Wait, […]

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Haitian Asylum Seekers: Biden Administration Backpedaling On Promise To Reverse Trump’s Cruel Immigration Inhumanity

NewsOne Featured Video Migrants, most from Haiti, ford one of many rivers they will cross while on a trek through the infamous Darien Gap on their journey towards the United States on October 7, 2021, near Acandi, Colombia. | Source: John Moore / Getty When President Joe Biden lobbied the Haitian community during his campaign, […]

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Trump Got Racist About Haiti on Fox, for Old Times’ Sake

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Former President Donald Trump went on Fox News Thursday night to suggest that it would be a “death wish” to allow Haitian migrants into the U.S. because they “probably have AIDS,” an echo of racist comments he made during his presidency referring to […]

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3 Questions: Understanding the Haiti earthquakes

On Aug. 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti. The largest earthquake in the region since 2010, the disaster left at least 2,000 people dead, 12,000 people injured, and nearly 53,000 houses destroyed. Two assistant professors in the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences discuss why the region is susceptible to earthquakes and […]

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What America Owes Haitian Asylum Seekers

Last month, the Biden administration announced that it had cleared a makeshift tent camp where thousands of Haitians had congregated under a bridge linking Mexico and Del Rio, Texas. They had arrived there desperate to gain admission to the United States, many fleeing persecution in Haiti and seeking the protection of our asylum law. The […]

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Perilous, Roadless Jungle Becomes a Path of Desperate Hope

NECOCLÍ, Colombia — For decades, the Darién Gap, a roadless, lawless stretch of jungle linking South America to the north, was considered so dangerous that only a few thousand people a year were daring, or desperate, enough to try to cross it. But the economic devastation wrought by the pandemic in South America was such […]

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Haitian Migrants: Thousands Are Being Allowed Into the US. But What Comes Next?

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — In early May, Rooldy Alexandre, a Haitian American pastor, answered a late-night call from a man speaking Creole who identified himself as Josue Alexis and said he had been following Mr. Alexandre’s sermons online. “Pastor, I just crossed the border with my pregnant wife and young child,” the man said. “Can […]

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For Haitians at the Border, Is Biden Any Better Than Trump?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last week, as images emerged from the southern border of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing Haitians and brandishing reins, the senior U.S. envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigned in protest over what he called […]

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Vaccine Mandates for Hospital and School Employees

To the Editor: Re “As Vaccine-Wary Staff Prepare to Lose Jobs, New York Hospitals Brace for Strain” (news article, Sept. 27): I am a doctor, and I am dismayed that so many of my colleagues would rather lose their jobs than be vaccinated. No one, especially a health care worker, has the right to put […]

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Right-Wing Support For Border Patrol Grows After Agents Whip Haitian Migrants With Horse Reins

NewsOne Featured Video A United States Border Patrol agent on horseback uses the reins to whip a Haitian migrant entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021. | Source: PAUL RATJE / Getty One of the more telling […]

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Another Crisis at the Border

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The Mendacity of Joe Biden

When it was reported that then-President Trump called Haiti a shithole country, Biden responded on Twitter saying: “It’s not how a president should speak. It’s not how a president should behave. Most of all, it’s not what a president should believe. We’re better than this.” But deporting these Haitians is worse, not better. The Biden […]

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