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KUSI: U.S. closes door to Haitian earthquake survivors

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

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Immigration Reform

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2016

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Citizenship

Union-Tribune: Military service leads to U.S. citizenship

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

By Tatiana Sanchez Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely...

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Deferred Action

DACA Now: Returning To Mexico For The First Time In 17 Years

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

By Juan Ramirez On June 2012, President Barack Obama signed into policy the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals also known as DACA. The policy provides a work permit and...

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Shelters Open in San Diego to Aid 2010 Haitian Earthquake Survivors

WHAT:  Press conference to discuss the relocation of the survivors of the 2010 Haitian Earthquake to temporary shelters in San Diego

WHEN: Wednesday, September 21st at 2 p.m. PST

WHERE:  Christ United Methodist Church, 3295 Meade Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (Press conference will be live streamed via SDIRC’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/immigrantsandiego)

WHO: Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego

            Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, D-San Diego 

             Rev. Bill Jenkins, Director of the Christ Ministry Center, and Pastor Jean Elise. Church has provided shelter to hundreds of Haitian earthquake survivors in San Diego

             Father Pat Murphy, Casa del Migrante (Tijuana)

             Representatives from La Maestra Community Health Centers, which has provided health screenings and checkups to Haitian earthquake survivors 

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Interview with Haitian family who survived 2010 earthquake
  • Elise Claudette, volunteer who is working with Haitian earthquake survivors
  • Ginger Jacobs, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
  • Pedro Rios, board member of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium 

BACKGROUND: In 2010, a massive earthquake decimated Haiti. It was a natural disaster of catastrophic proportions. The American people responded to this disaster with compassion and aid, sending resources and volunteers to help the Haitian people.

In the last several months, Haitians who have been living outside of their country have come to our borders seeking entry. Unable to return to Haiti, which is still destitute, they come to join family and friends already here. Having committed to not forsake and not forget the Haitian people in the wake of the earthquake, the United States allows them legal entry for humanitarian reasons and provides work permits so they can contribute to our country while Haiti is being rebuilt and until they can return.

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Timeline: How Survivors of 2010 Haitian Earthquake Arrived at the San Diego/Tijuana Border

In 2010, a massive earthquake decimated Haiti. It was a natural disaster of catastrophic proportions. The American people responded to this disaster with compassion and aid, sending resources and volunteers to help the Haitian people. In the last several months, Haitians who have been living outside of their country have come to our borders seeking legal entry.

Having committed to not forsake and not forget the Haitian people in the wake of the earthquake, the United States allows them legal entry for humanitarian reasons and provides work permits so they can contribute to our country while Haiti is being rebuilt and until they can return.

See below for the full timeline:

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