Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs, Colleagues, Advocates Renew Calls for Federal Action to Stabilize Haiti, Address Growing Crisis on the Island

Congresswoman Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick

Lawmakers Continue Calls for Extending TPS for Haiti, Halting Deportations, Disrupting Arms Trafficking, Providing Humanitarian & Economic Assistance, and More

Submitted by Clara Benice

WASHINGTON, D.C. Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswomen Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), along with Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), held a Capitol Hill press conference with colleagues and advocates to renew their calls for urgent federal action to address the growing crisis in Haiti. The press conference comes at a time when the humanitarian, political, economic, and security crises in Haiti are becoming increasingly dire.

The policies called for by the lawmakers and advocates include: extending and redesignating TPS for Haiti; halting all deportations to Haiti; disrupting arms trafficking to the island; providing urgent humanitarian relief; preventing the transfer of Haitian nationals to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; passing a new economic assistance package that creates jobs and rebuilds Haiti’s infrastructure; facilitating the establishment of a representative transitional government led by Haitian civil society; and more.

“In the face of the crisis in Haiti, our moral compass and international duty compel us to step forward, not just to alleviate the immediate suffering of the Haitian people, but to address the systemic problems forcing Haitians to flee their homeland. The extension and re-designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), alongside an expedited parole program and an immediate halt to deportations, are critical first steps. But our responsibility does not end there. We must confront the root causes of migration by: (1) ensuring that Haitians can live safely and peacefully within their own borders; (2) taking a firm stand against the trafficking of firearms from places like Florida to Haiti; (3) holding those who perpetuate violence and instability accountable,” said Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Co-Chair of the House Haiti Caucus. “As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have a pulse on the challenges facing our allies around the world. Just as we have extended our support to them during their time of need, Haiti deserves the same treatment. The time for action is now – to protect lives, foster security, and promote stability where Haitians can thrive in their own country.”

“Our Haitian siblings on the island and throughout the diaspora should know that we have not forgotten them and we will never stop fighting for the just and equitable future the Haitian people need and deserve,” said Congresswoman Pressley, Co-Chair of the House Haiti Caucus. “Congress and the Biden Administration have a moral obligation to take action to stabilize Haiti and to save lives, including by providing humanitarian and economic assistance, extending TPS for Haiti, halting deportations, supporting a democratic transition led by Haitian civil society, and more. If we truly believe Black lives matter, then that must include Haitian lives.”

“Our nation owes a debt to Haiti. Repayment begins by helping ensure that a Haitian-led democracy rings true in their communities, in the United States, and across the globe. We must take every action necessary to secure a democratic transition led by Haiti’s civil society, and that includes providing vital humanitarian and economic aid, expediting visa processing, cracking down on illegal arms trafficking, and extending TPS and halting deportations. Congress has a responsibility to support Haitian stability and the safety of all its people, and it holds the power to deliver the progress our Haitian neighbors at home and abroad are counting on. In this dire moment where the future of our beloved Caribbean ally is at risk and millions of lives remain imperiled, inaction is inexcusable,” said Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Co-Chair of the House Haiti Caucus.

“To deport people back to Haiti is a cause and kiss of death,” said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. “There is nothing in Haiti but suffering, so we have to say to the President of the United States, ‘Stop the deportation.’ Not only expand TPS but stop the deportation and support the new government that we are putting together in Haiti. This government is being supported by the international community, the United States government, and the Caribbean community; it is Haitian-led. We must fund them—fund them just as we do other countries. Fund them! Fund them just like you fund other countries.”

The lawmakers were joined by Guerline Jozef, Executive Director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, Patrice Lawrence, Executive Director of UndocuBlack Network, Mary Estimé-Irvin, Chairwoman of National Haitian American Elected Officials Network, Tessa Petit, Executive Director of Florida Immigrant Coalition, and impacted families and TPS recipients.

“It’s urgent for President Biden to re-designate and extend TPS for Haiti,” said Guerline Jozef, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Haitian Bridge Alliance. “Equally vital is for the United States Congress to pass an economic package supporting job creation and key infrastructure projects. Additionally, the Biden administration must immediately cease the deportation of Haitian nationals. Sending people to a country plagued by insecurity and humanitarian crises is unconscionable. The disparate treatment of Black immigrants must come to an end!”

“UndocuBlack Network calls on the Biden- Harris administration to end the cruelty against Haitians. It is cruel to deport Haitian nationals while arranging for evacuation of American nationals at the same time. Our ask is simple, honor the dignity of Haitian people. If Secretary Mayorkas leads by these values, he will release Haitians from detention, extend and redesignate TPS for Haiti and stop the deportations now. To be the change President Biden claimed to be, he must act differently from his predecessors especially as it relates to Black immigrants,” said Patrice Lawrence, Executive Director, UndocuBlack Network.

“The painful reality of the Haitian people is complex and multi-layered. However, the immediate steps that need to be taken can happen with the stroke of a pen. It is time for the Administration to redesignate and extend TPS for Haiti. It is also crucial that all deportation of Haitians be immediately halted,” said Tessa Petit, Executive Director, Florida Immigrant Coalition. “Haitians need security, justice, understanding and acceptance.  That will only be possible with the will from the administration to support Haiti by addressing its root causes, through a comprehensive humanitarian and economic support that will change the future of the Haitian people.”

“An economic plan akin to the Marshall Plan is essential to aid Haiti, which is located less than 90 miles from our shores, in addition to humanitarian assistance and the reconsideration of TPS,” said Mary Estimé-Irvin, Chairwoman, National Haitian American Elected Officials Network. “Like Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan, Haiti is a sovereign nation that requires support.”

 Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick’s Actions on Haiti:


  • April 23, 2024 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus McCormick, along with Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Yvette D. Clarke and Ayanna Pressley led a group of 50 lawmakers urging the Biden Administration to redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), pause on deportations back to Haiti, extend humanitarian parole to any Haitians currently detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention centers, end the detention of Haitian migrants intercepted at sea, and provide additional humanitarian assistance for Haiti.
  • April 17, 2024 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) led bipartisan letter to Ways and Means Committee urging for the renewal of HOPE/HELP.
  • March 22, 2024 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), along with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), introduced the Caribbean Arms Trafficking Causes Harm (CATCH) Act, legislation that would help curb illicit arms trafficking from the United States to the Caribbean.
  • March 20, 2024 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) led a Florida Democratic Congressional Delegation letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis concerning the potential mass migration from Haiti to Florida, urging Republicans to address the root causes of migration.
  • March 18, 2024 – Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Co-Chair of the House Haiti Caucus, and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Yvette Clarke (NY-09) and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL), led a group of 67 lawmakers in urging the Department of Homeland Security Secretary and Department of State to immediately redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti.
  • March 15, 2024 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick issued a statement on the United States role in response to the ongoing crisis in Haiti
  • March 12, 2024 – Rep. Pressley and Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Cherfilus McCormick and Yvette Clarke issued a statement on the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry.
  • March 11, 2024 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick held a press conference on the crisis in Haiti.
  • March 8, 2024 – Reps. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Yvette Clarke, and Ayanna Pressley, Co-Chairs of the Haiti Caucus, issued a statement on Haiti’s state of emergency and the urgent need for a Multinational Security Support Mission and humanitarian assistance.
  • March 7, 2024 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick hosted a congressional briefing with US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield and Assistant Secretary Barbara Feinstein, to discuss Haiti’s path forward and the importance of Congress approving assistance funding. Following the meeting, successfully called for the Senate to confirm the appointment of the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, H.E. Dennis B. Hankins.
  • March 4, 2024 – Reps. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Yvette Clarke, and Ayanna Pressley, Co-Chairs of the Haiti Caucus, issued a statement on the jailbreak and state of emergency in Haiti.
  • March 2024 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) successfully urged the U.S. Senate to confirm a U.S. Ambassador to Haiti.
  •   January 30, 2024 – Reps. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Sara Jacobs (D-CA), and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA) pushed back against efforts to substantially weaken or end the Biden-Harris Administration’s Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela parole program.


  • December 6, 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL), Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35), and Congressman Dan Goldman (NY-10) led more than a dozen members in introducing the Americas Regional Monitoring of Arms Sales (ARMAS) Act, legislation that would mobilize resources across the federal government to disrupt firearms trafficking from the United States to Latin America and the Caribbean and implement stronger transparency, accountability, and oversight for U.S. arms exports.
  • October 2, 2023 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick applauded the adoption of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution authorizing a multinational security mission in Haiti.
  • October 20, 2023 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick hosted a roundtable in-district with Department of State, Western Hemisphere Bureau Deputy Assistant Secretary Barbara Feinstein and leaders of the Haitian Diaspora to discuss the humanitarian safeguards for the MSS.
  • September 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) co-led the HELP Extension Act of 2023 to extend HOPE/HELP trade preferences for ten years.
  • July 30, 2023 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick applauded Kenya’s commitment and leadership to spearhead a multinational force in Haiti.
  • July 25, 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Haiti Criminal Collusion Transparency Act (H.R. 1684).
  • July 14, 2023 – Reps. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Yvette Clarke led the CBC in a letter to Congressional Leadership on reauthorization of Haiti Trade Preferences Programs.
  • June 7, 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) issued the following statement in response to reports that Vice President Kamala Harris will renew the Biden Administration’s push for an international force to assist Haiti.
  • June 6, 2023 – In response to the seeming collapse of public safety, the rule of law, and democratic government in Haiti, Reps. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL), Mike Lawler (R-NY), María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA) introduced a resolution calling for the redoubling of diplomatic efforts by the United States and its international partners to help achieve a negotiated, Haitian-led solution to the current impasse.
  • June 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) co-led an Amendment to the NDAA including the Haiti Criminal Collusion Transparency Act of 2023, with HFAC Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL).
  • June 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) co-led a resolution calling for the redoubling of diplomatic efforts by the United States and its international partners to help achieve a negotiated, Haitian-led solution to the current impasse. This would improve citizen security from Haitian gangs, crack down on illicit financial flows, and pave the way for free and fair elections with Reps. Mike Lawler (R-NY), Maria Salazar (R-FL), and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA).
  • May 22, 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) released a statement applauding President Biden’s nomination of Dennis B. Hankins to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Haiti.
  • May 3, 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) hosted a stakeholder roundtable in-district on Haiti’s current humanitarian and insecurity crises with Canadian Ambassador to the United States.
  • April 13, 2023 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) released a statement on reports that Abigail and Jean-Dickens Toussaint returned home to Tamarac.
  • March 2023 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) co-led the Haiti Criminal Collusion Transparency Act of 2023, with HFAC Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) requiring the Secretary of State to submit an annual report to Congress regarding the ties between criminal gangs and political and economic elites in Haiti and impose sanctions on political and economic elites involved in such criminal activities.


  • December 29, 2022 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) and Congressman Adriano Espaillat led a bipartisan letter urging the Administration to consider leading an international task force to assist in addressing the Republic of Haiti’s security and humanitarian crises.
  • December 2022 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) and Congressman Adriano Espaillat participated in a Congressional Learning Trip to the United Nations Headquarters for a briefing on the political, economic and health situation in Haiti.
  • December 6, 2022 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick issued a statement on the extension and redesignation of TPS for Haiti.
  • December 1, 2022 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) led a letter of more than a dozen lawmakers urging the U.S. Department of State and the international community to investigate the mass deportations of Haitian migrants and the discriminatory, anti-Black migration enforcement practices taking place in the Dominican Republic.
  • November 22, 2022 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) issued a statement regarding the Dominican Republic’s mass deportations of Haitian migrants.
  • October 5, 2022 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) and eleven members of Congress urge President Biden to impose sanctions on those financing gangs in the Republic of Haiti.
  •  September 2022 – Congresswoman Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) launched the #HelpHaitiNow campaign.
  • August 17, 2022 – Rep. Pressley, along with Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Val Demings, Yvette Clarke, and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL), called on President Biden to appoint a new Special Envoy to Haiti, a position that has remained unfilled since September 2021.
  • March 17, 2022 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick called on the Biden Administration to end Title 42 expulsions and cease deporting people to Haiti and grant them the legal right to seek asylum.
  • March 7, 2022 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick issued a statement on the Haiti migration crisis.
  • March 21, 2022 – Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick visited detained Haitian migrants in Broward County.
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