Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

Haitians flee from the US to Canada’s French-speaking Quebec province

Haitians chasing false promises flee from United States to Canada

NEW YORK, Aug 15 2017 – Thousands of Haitians with uncertain immigration status have fled the United States in recent weeks, walking across the New York border into Quebec seeking a safe haven in Canada, according to the United Nations‘ refugee agency and Canadian immigration lawyers.

An influx of asylum seekers has put a strain on Canadian authorities, which has led them to build tents on the border, shift resources and set up new shelter space. The influx has in part been from Haitians living in the U.S. who say they fear the Trump administration will soon end their protected status in the country, sending them back to Haiti.      Continue reading

NYC: In Little Guyana, Proposed Cuts to Family Immigration Weigh Heavily

In Little Guyana, Proposed Cuts to Family Immigration Weigh Heavily

By VIVIAN WANGAUG. 11, 2017 – New York Times

Richard David’s face is plastered around the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. Along Liberty Avenue, on posters in the windows of sari shops and roti restaurants, Mr. David advertises his campaign for City Council, which, if successful, would make him New York’s first city councilman of Guyanese descent.

One of Mr. David’s campaign promises: securing money for resources like immigration lawyers or language assistance for the diverse neighborhood that includes Little Guyana, a hub of the largest Guyanese community outside of the country itself.      Continue reading

The Policies of White Resentment – By Carol Andersonaug – NYTimes

The Policies of White Resentment

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USA : The Myth of Reverse Racism – The idea of white victimhood

The Myth of Reverse Racism

The idea of white victimhood is increasingly central to the debate over affirmative action.

Vann R Newkirk II | The Atlantic

Contrary to initial indications, the civil-rights division of the Department of Justice won’t be dismantling affirmative action after all. At least, that’s the current word from Trump administration officials, after a New York Times article claimed the department would be using the broad powers of justice to take on universities that it decided had discriminated against white people.

The DOJ since clarified that it was gearing up to investigate complaints from dozens of organizations alleging that certain universities used quotas — which are illegal — to limit the number of Asian American enrollees.      Continue reading

Canada: Asylum Seekers Overwhelm Quebec’s Refugee Resources – commentary

Asylum Seekers, Fleeing Trump’s Hostility, Overwhelm Quebec’s Refugee Resources

Crossing at remote locations along the border, thousands have left the U.S. for Canada in hopes of attaining refugee status

Photo:  Thousands of asylum seekers have fled the U.S. for Quebec, Canada, in recent months because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant statements and policies. (Photo: Morgan/Flickr/cc)

by  Jessica Corbett, staff writer – https://www.commondreams.org  – August 03, 2017

So many asylum seekers are pouring over the Canadian border from the United States that authorities opened Montreal’s Olympic stadium—a 56,000-seat arena and one of the city’s most famous landmarks—as a temporary welcome center.

Oppose the anti-immigrant legislation and rhetoric – By Albert Baldeo

Oppose the anti-immigrant legislation and rhetoric – By Albert Baldeo

July 26, 2017 / Viewpoints / Immigration – Caribbean Life News

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.” John F. Kennedy

Proposed legislation, like the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law, will force sanctuary cities like New York City to forego sanctuary jurisdiction protections and further criminalize repeated denials of entry into the U.S., making it harder for people coming here on employment visas, for family and medical needs, or seeking asylum to be treated fairly. These laws will not make us safer, improve our broken immigration system, or improve relationships between immigrant communities and law enforcement officials. In fact, they are most un-American. [Read more]

Diaspora wants what locals don’t have and don’t get – By Freddie Kissoon

Diaspora wants what locals don’t have and don’t get

A young agronomist invaded a local bank a few weeks ago with his gang to rob it and was killed by security personnel. The details of his life revealed that he was earning G$180,000 monthly (app US $900). When the Council of the University of Guyana terminated my contract in January 2016, I was earning G$182,000 after twenty-six consecutive years with no break.
For the three universities I attended with 26 years of service I earned two thousand dollars more than this young man. I think if he went on to achieve 26 years of service, he certainly would have ended up earning more than G$400,000. Yesu Persaud, a larger than life Guyanese icon, is a living witness.    Continue reading

Canada’s Quebec launches Public Consultation on Systemic Racism and Discrimination – By Yvonne Sam

Canada’s Quebec launches Public Consultation on Systemic Racism and Discrimination

By Yvonne Sam

Is this exercise yet another reporting charade? Or is a change within range?

Finally Quebec is moving in step with her neighbour Ontario, following the aftermath of a 2,662-signature petition tabled by Québec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir, which called for “the creation of a consultation commission on systemic racism”. On Thursday May 20, Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Minister Kathleen Weil unveiled plans for the public consultation on systemic discrimination and racism in Quebec, scheduled to commence next September. To this end the Government and Quebec Human Rights Commission along with non-profit groups intend to keep province -wide meetings, geared towards listening to experiences of racism, and to institute action based on what it hears.     Continue reading

The Pope and the Powerless – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Pope and the Powerless – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis

We come from everywhere Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America We hide in the bowels of ships And stowaway in the cargo of planes. Dodge bullets and run from dogs. And get nightmares about fences and walls.

We do these things and more. To experience the land of liberty-and dreams. And to provide for our families. So they too can say they are Americans.         Continue reading

New York State Gov. Cuomo vows to protect Caribbean immigrants

New York State Gov. Cuomo vows to protect Caribbean immigrants

By Nelson A. King – July 13, 2017 – Caribbean Life News

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Amid draconian measures in clamping down on Caribbean and other immigrants in the United States, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed his commitment to protecting Caribbean and other nationals.

Stating that the state of New York has a long history of fighting for immigrants — from the state’s commitment to helping newcomers find a path to citizenship to efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers, and most recently by defending the rights of immigrants from illegal deportations — Cuomo said New York “has been and today remains a beacon of hope and opportunity for people around the world.        Continue reading

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