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Obama urged to halt Haiti deportations in Edmonde Beauzile letter

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Presidential candidate, Edmonde Supplice Beauzile, on Monday wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama to urge him against deporting hard working Haitians with no criminal history from the United States. In her letter, the former senator said DHS’s assertion that Haiti is “improved” is false. Beauzile says the situation has worsened.

The candidate for No. 38, Fusion of Social Democrats penned the letter at time when she been surging in the polls coming from 7th place to 5th. Following a strong runner-up performance at the first presidential debate, her campaign is now hoping to overtake the 4th-placed candidate, No. 54, Fanmi Lavalas’, Maryse Narcisse, going into the weekend.

Beauzile’s letter was made public via the candidate’s Facebook page:

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,
Yesterday, I read in The Miami Herald that you have instructed the U.S Department of Homeland and Security to repatriate back to Haiti thousands of Haitians citing “improved conditions in Haiti”. Unfortunately, the sad reality in Haiti today, six years after the devastating earthquake from Jan, 2010, is that our Country is worse off than we were prior to that horrible disaster due to the endemic corruption.

One of my top goals once I am the First Woman elected President of the Republic of Haiti, is to Fight corruption and to encourage foreign investment and economic growth in many sectors starting with Tourism to create hundreds of jobs for the Haitian people so that indeed we can experience “improved conditions in Haiti’ and give to our youth opportunities and good reasons to stay home.

As you may be aware, in sixteen days the Haitian people will vote for a NEW PRESIDENT and they will vote for a change in the way that our beloved country which has been robbed by past Leaders who prefer to steal the public resources for their personal wealth rather than use the funds to help the country. My plans include the establishment of the Rule of Law so that our citizens can rebuild our country for a better future for all; including educational reform and health care reform.,/p>

The Haitians are hardworking people, dedicated and family oriented so together with honesty and transparency we will rebuild our Country but we need time to begin Rebuilding Haiti. My Administration will respect those core values and our Nation will flourish. For these reasons mentioned, I kindly ask you to reconsider your position of repatriating my countrymen to Haiti during this tenuous period in our history.

On behalf of the Haitian people, I thank you for your interest and time and hope that you take my recommendations seriously as we have much work ahead. I am ready to serve my Country as President of the Republic of Haiti to initiate the Rebuilding process which should have started right after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. I am confident that with my Leadership and the support of the Haitian people as well as the Haitian diaspora together we will make our Country better for all Haitians.

Edmonde S. Beauzile

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.