Immediate Action Sought on Haiti Crisis


Forensic workers remove the body of a man shot dead in the Petion-Ville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, May 3, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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On Wednesday morning, congressional leaders will demand decisive federal action to address Haiti’s severe humanitarian and political turmoil. Haiti Caucus co-chairs Yvette Clarke, Ayanna Pressley, and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick are pushing to extend temporary protected status for Haitians and halt deportations amidst escalating violence in Haiti.

The group is calling for an immediate pause on deportations, an end to the detention of Haitians at sea, and a push for broader humanitarian aid. This comes as the current temporary protected status is set to expire this August, while Haiti continues to grapple with rampant gang violence and political chaos.

The additional $25 million in aid announced last March highlights the ongoing U.S. efforts to mitigate the crisis in Haiti, but congressional members want the federal government to go further. Lawmakers stress the urgency of protecting Haitians from being sent back to these dire conditions, underscoring the critical nature of international support and highlighting the need for continued support and safe asylum pathways.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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