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As Hurricane Matthew Hits, Haitian Migrants Stuck at the San Diego-Tijuana Border
I’m sure you have been following the news about Hurricane Matthew that has recently hit Haiti. Over 100 known deaths and another blow to the slow recovery of that struggling nation.
You may not have heard about the local “hurricane” that also involves Haitians on the San Diego-Tijuana border. Thousands of Haitians are using the San Diego-Tijuana border as a pass-through from Brazil and other Latin American countries, where they have been living and working since the devastating earthquake in 2010. Most of them are hoping to join family members in Miami and New York. Over 4,000 Haitians have already crossed into the U.S., many of them women and children.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently changed the guidelines for Haitian entry into the U.S., slowing that process to a trickle. This has impacted Tijuana shelters and temporary housing, where an estimated 4,000 Haitians are now waiting.
ICF has identified five shelters in Tijuana that can use help right now to house, feed, and clothe the Haitians that are in a 90-day waiting period there. Just $70 dollars will support one individual for one week. Our goal is to help raise approximately $25,000-30,000 to expand shelter capacity and $270,000 to make sure all 300 are fed during this 90 day period ($10p/person p/day). Please let me know if you have questions or want to help further.
President & CEO