Video: Bill Clinton speaks at Haitian conference

Former President Bill Clinton addressed the Haitian Diaspora Unity Conference on Sunday and among other topics, urged those in attendance to continue applying respectful pressure on lawmakers to grant temporary protection status to Haitians in the U.S.

Chuck Fadely of the Miami Herald has the video:

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and other organizations are advocating the U.S. to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the U.S., allowing them to stay and work here, and send remittances back to their homeland.

In December of 2008, the United States began forcibly deporting 30,000 Haitians back to their country, a country ravaged by consecutive natural disasters last September. The two hurricanes and two tropical storms that hit Haiti in devastating succession during harvest season last year killed nearly 1,000 people and left 800,000 of the country’s residents in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. The storms destroyed at least $180 million in crops, exacerbating an existing food shortage.

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