Three-thousand immigrants will be heading to Washington, D.C. on January 14, while Barack Obama is still in the White House. The group known as We Are Here To Stay is rallying for immigration rights, mainly for the Haitian community, many who were displaced as a result of the 2010 earthquake.
The hope is that President Obama will sign an executive order before he leaves office, that will grant permission for Haitians to temporarily enter the United States on humanitarian grounds, and to extend that temporary protection for another 18 months.
“Now more than ever it’s important for the Haitian voice to be heard in this movement,” Ms. Raoul said. “Not just for the incoming government, where we have so many reasons to be worried, but for the current government because of the actions they’ve taken on Haitian immigrants.”
The march is part of a nationwide kickoff planned for the same day.