CLARKE LEADS LETTER OUTLINING HOUSE CARIBBEAN CAUCUS AND HOUSE HAITI CAUCUS PRIORITIES FOR BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH HAITI TO PRESIDENT BIDEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BLINKEN, AND SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MAYORKAS.
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke founding Co-chair of the House Caribbean and House Haiti Caucuses, led a letter to President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken, and Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas along with House Haiti Caucus co-chairs: Congressmembers Andy Levin (MI-09), Val Demings (FL-10), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Mondaire Jones (NY-17); House Caribbean Caucus Co-chairs: Congressmembers Maxine Waters (NY-17), and Stacy Plaskett (VI-at large); Members of the House Haiti and Caribbean Caucus Congressmembers: Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Grace Meng (NY-06), Darren Soto (FL-09), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).
“As founding co-chair of both the House Caribbean and Haiti Caucuses, I have worked closely with my colleagues to insist the Administration prioritize the needs of Haiti and members of the Haitian diaspora that call America home. The signers of this letter come to DC with vastly different backgrounds and from all corners of our country. Yet, we have found common ground in our unwavering commitment to the Haitian people, their wellbeing, and an immutable desire to see a thriving Haitian democracy,” said Clarke. “Presently, Haiti is at an inflection point, and we must work together to promote peace and a Haitian-led democratic government. This letter outlines our urgent concerns and shares our collective caucus priorities regarding Haiti’s continued deteriorating situation. Our duty as Members of Congress is to uplift and support Haiti and advance policies that will promote relationships that substantively and meaningfully engage Haitian civil society in defense of Haiti’s democracy, civil rights, and liberty.”
Yvette D. Clarke has been in Congress since 2007. She represents New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Central and South Brooklyn. Clarke is Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Taskforce on Immigration, a Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and a Senior Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.