November 9, 2016
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, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration, joined leaders at Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in a
to DHS and the Department of State sharing concerns regarding the care and treatment of Haitians.
Bishop Elizondo and the other Catholic 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."
: Remind DHS that people of faith expect our government to do all it can to support Haiti and Haitians during this time of crisis.
By clicking here you will be directed to the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants website to send your message.