Activist, 10, makes appeal to Trump for Haitians

The Trump administration’s plans to finally terminate Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti rocked advocates, organizations— and the close to 60,000 men women and children who face deportation and separation in the wake of the move.

But words from 10-year-old Ronyde Christina Ponthieux of Florida have invigorated opponents of the move and given encouragement to the young and old who would be affected.

Protests in New York and other cities began after last Monday’s announcement. But news of an eloquent, personal video appeal from young Ponthieux— aimed directly at President Trump— was echoed around the world and encouraged opponents of the move. The young girl’s father works as a nurse in a Florida hospital and wound be deported when the program ends.

“We are not criminals. Like my parents, like your parents, like you, they are hardworking honest people who just want a safe place to raise their families,” the seasoned young activist said in her video to Trump. “They have deep roots in their communities; they pay taxes; they contribute to the social, economic and political fabric of this great nation.”

The protected status allowed Haitians to live work in the U.S. following the 2010 earthquake, one of several natural disasters that have kept the nation unprepared to accept the Haitians here — who sent millions of dollars to aid relatives and friends in the Caribbean nation. The benefit has been extended one last time— until July 2019 — “to give Haitians time to prepare to return home,” say federal officials.

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A Haitian migrant looks out of his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
Haitian migrant, Rigo, 29, looks at his mobile phone inside his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant carries wood to build a house in a neighbourhood know locally as "Haitian Villa," where a family of Haitian migrants will live at Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
Haitian migrants build a house in a neighbourhood know as "Haitian Villa" in Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant looks in the refrigerator inside his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant cooks in her rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant sits on a bed at his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant throws a saw to a carpenter as they build a house in a neighbourhood know locally as "Haitian Villa", where Haitian migrants will live in Canon del Alacran, Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant looks at his mobile phone as he builds a house in a neighbourhood know locally as "Haitian Villa" in Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
People walk past a building where Haitian migrants rent apartments in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Haitian migrants hold a wall as they build a house in a neighbourhood know locally as "Haitian Villa," where a family will live at Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
Haitian migrants comb their hair near an neighbourhood known locally as the "Haitian Villa" where houses are being built for families of Haitian migrants at Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
A Haitian migrant lays cement as he builds a house at neighbourhood known locally as "Haitian Villa," where a family of Haitian migrants plans to live at Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant at the street from his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
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Opponents of the decision, including Democrats and Republicans in Congress, are vowing to seek legislative solutions for the Haitians. Younger Haitians, born here as American citizens, may be separated from their parents if it is enacted.

Homeland Security said it will end the protected status for Haitians because conditions “improved significantly.” But others argue Haiti’s economy is not ready and the moved would cause hardships for families.

To see Ronyde Christina Ponthieux’s appeal to Trump, visit http://bit.ly/ronydetotrump

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There are tons of memories and new-found treasures for patrons of “Jamel Shabazz: Black Documents,” an exhibition documenting black New York from the 1970s to the present-day.

Paired with “Black Documents: Freedom,” a powerful and moving group show counterbalancing the plethora of images misrepresenting black lives in America, the two exhibits will be on display in the Bronx at the Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse (at 166th St.), through Dec. 15.

The five photographers— Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Lola Flash, Danny Ramon Peralta, Edwin Torres, and Michael Young— will be featured in an artists’ talk on Thursday from 6 pm. to 8 p.m.

And a talk on Dec. 7, starting a 6 p.m., will feature Jamal and exhibition curator Laura James. The exhibitions are presented by the nonprofit Literary Freedom Project arts organization. For information, visit www.blackdocuments.com.

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