JUNE 10 - 16, 2010 R E1 www.GleanerExtra.com EXTRA NA N.A. www.GleanerExtra.com FR E E EXTRA NORTH AMERICA Vol #: 2 Issue #: 23 A Gleaner Company Publication HAITIANS RUSH TO BEAT JULY 20 DEADLINE VERMONT (CMC): L AW ENFORCEMENT officials say the court system in the northern United States is being swamped by Haitians trying to enter the country illegally from PAUL WILKINS Canada. They say the Haitians are seeking to take advan- tage of the Temporary Protected States (TPS) for undocumented Haitians living illegally in the US announced by President Barack Obama in January. PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER Please see RUSH, E4 FREE CONSULTATION ON YOUR FIRST VISIT Call: 416-351-9222 E-mail: email@example.com HAVE YOU SUFFERED A SERIOUS INJURY FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT? ARE YOU UNABLE TO WORK? ARE YOU UNABLE TO LOOK AFTER YOUR CHILDREN? HAS THE INSURANCE COMPANY STOPPED PAYING YOUR BENEFITS? 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Mack, intensified the Mack lamented Canada's 40 evening by calling on black per cent high school drop-out rate p e o p l e t o r e v i v e t h e i r p a s- and urged the black community sion for education, and each to support the Toronto Africentric other in order to change the School. course of their lives for President of Tropicana, Dr. good. Gervan Fearon explained that "In the midst of our celebra- 'Roots' signified celebrating 30 tion, we need to rejuvenate. years of Tropicana’s existence Today 50 per cent of our youth and 'Passion' contributing to the are not graduating. Able-bodied lives of individuals and strength- black children are being labelled, ening communities equals the special education and pumped betterment of society. with (medication)," said Mack, Derrick McLennon recipient of executive director of the National the Founders Award reminisced Society of Black Engineers on the birth of Tropicana (NSBE) in the United States of Community Services on March America. 26, 1980. FRANCINE BUCHNER PHOTOS Mack recounted his own expe- Dr. Gervan Fearon, president of Tropicana Community Services presents the president’s Award to The Hon. Frances rience to show how persons have RESILIENCE Lankin, PC, LLD, (HC) at the 17th annual Caribbean Ball on Saturday, June 5. lost the drive to excel. He recalled the resilience of the He said, 30 years ago, he was a early partnership, himself and President's Award and Hamlin student at a high school in fellow founding president, the Grange, president and co-founder Jackson, Mississippi, which com- late, Robert Brown. of DiversiPro Incorporated with prised 99.9 per cent black stu- "We had no money, but we had the Community Builder Award. dents of which 97 per cent gradu- a strong spirit. The organisation Tropicana Community Services ated. was given $35,000 by United is a Toronto-based multi-service He credits the intervention of Way that enabled them to move organization and United Way his mentor, Daryl Jones, for his forward," member agency that provides turnaround. McLennon said one of their youth, newcomers, people of It was Jones he said who early vision's was to formulate a Black and Caribbean heritage encouraged him to craft a plan Youth Council Chair within the United Nations and in keeping and others in need with opportu- for his life or face failure. On that advice, Mack pursued with Pope John Paul II's estab- nities and alternatives that lead his Bachelor of Science in lishing International Year of the to success and positive choices. mechanical engineering from Youth and urged the organisa- Testimonials were heard by Mississippi State University. tion, today, to continue this ini- Richard Daniels-Lee, Florette “I did not even know how to tiative. Bacchus-Haynes and Dwayne spell ‘thermodynamics’ ”, he says. The evening's other recipients Morgan on how Tropicana influ- But he admits there was an were the Honourable Frances enced their life in a positive way. even greater force that kept him Lankin, PC, LLD, (HC) with the Dr. Carl B. Mack, executive director, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) from the U.S.A gives the keynote address at the Tropicana Community Services 17th Annual Caribbean Ball on Saturday in Toronto’s East -End. Richard Daniels-Lee with his mentor. JUNE 10 - 16, 2010 R E3 E xtra N.A. NEWS www.GleanerExtra.com EXTRA NA The Republican governor is Friday’s meeting brought Bronx development renamed Canada builds leading a 43-member delegation that includes state lawmakers, together representatives from four of Britain’s overseas territo- fake lake port officials and representatives ries — Premier McKeeva Bush of in honour of Sotomayor for G-8 from agribusiness and the University of Georgia. The meet- ings were “as much about build- the Cayman Islands, Premier Ralph O’Neal and MP Vincent Scatliffe of the British ing a relationship with (Cuban Virgin Islands (BVI), Deputy TORONTO (AP): officials) as learning about the Chief Minister Edison Baird of CANADA’S CONSERVATIVE business environment there,” government came under fire Anguilla, and Charles Kirnon, spokesman Bert Brantley said. Montserrat’s Minister of Monday for spending nearly $2 There was no word on whether million on a simulation of the Communication, Works and he would see President Raul small town site of this month’s G- Castro or his brother Fidel, who Labour. 8 and G-20 summits complete last appeared in public nearly Brown said that concern was with an artificial lake inside a four years ago. expressed during the meeting temporary media center. about the scrutiny the United The display, which cost $1.9- Kingdom had given to financial million Canadian (US$1.8 mil- affairs of the Overseas lion), is called The Experience Canada Corridor and will include Regional leaders Territories, noting that it was a “trend that is viewed cautiously” canoes, trees, deck chairs and a fake dock. The Government had discuss plans for by members of the OTCC. originally planned to host both summits in Huntsville, but the high-security G-20 venue was changed to Toronto, Canada’s largest city, prison 40 years after Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Soto- mayor, who both grew up in the Soundview section of the Bronx, greet each other at the renaming of the Bronxdale Housing Projects on Friday, June 4. after concerns surfaced that Huntsville, with a population of around 20,000, lacked sufficient 1st win, NY Rep. HAMILTON, Bermuda, (CMC): BRONX, New York: ly 3,500 residents. “I am deeply humbled and infrastructure for the larger event. Rangel runs PLANS FOR a regional high- security prison were discussed during a meeting of the Overseas T HE BRONXDALE Houses located on Bruckner touched that these Houseswill now bear my name and I am so Ga. governor again Territories Consultative Council (OTCC) in Bermuda ahead of a Boulevard in the Bronx grateful for all they have given me received a name change last major conference in London at NEW YORK (AP): week. This after Bronxdale residents, housing advocates in my life,” said Justice Sotomayor “Justice Sotomayor’s story is heads the end of the year. Premier Dr. Ewart Brown told IT’S BEEN 40 years since New York Rep. Charles Rangel first a news conference on Friday that and Bronx elected officials petitioned to change the name to honour Justice Sotomayor, unique, but it began like many ‹ in a public housing development 43-member while the initiative is in its early stages, it t is being considered in won his congressional seat. And he’s not done yet. the United States Supreme Court’s first Hispanic- with a single mother whose first language was not English and trade mission light of the rising crime situation across the region. Rangel formally announced his re-election campaign Sunday. The Democrat made the who worked hard to put food on American justice. Sotomayor grew up in the devel- opment from 1957 to 1969. the table,” said mayor Bloomberg. “Her achievements are an inspira- to Cuba HAVANA (AP): “We’re all concerned about law and order and security,” he said, adding “there was some talk of a announcement surrounded by a host of elected officials, including City officials last week announced tion to millions of New Yorkers, GEORGIA GOV. Sonny Perdue regional high-security prison. It’s Gov. David Paterson. Rangel was the name change. The Justice especially our NYCHA residents met last Monday with officials an issue we may take to the UK first elected to the House in 1970. Sonia Sotomayor Houses and young and old, who can look to from Cuba’s Chamber of government. He defeated Rep. Adam Clayton Justice Sonia Sotomayor her story to get a glimpse of the Commerce and its food import “I would imagine if the concept Powell Jr., who had been a pastor Community Center include 28, possibilities that await anyone company, part of a two-day visit was to go forward, and if interest and civil rights leader. seven-story buildings comprising who has the courage and determi- to explore his state’s trade and was expressed by independent Now Rangel is facing a chal- 1,497apartments that house near- nation to follow a dream. tourism possibilities. countries, it would be entertained.” lenge from Powell’s son. E4 R JUNE 10 - 16, 2010 EXTRA NA www.GleanerExtra.com E xtr a N .A. NEWS RUSH Continued from E1 “This activity is definitely one of the larger groups, if not the largest of any focused nature, that we’ve had on our border,” said Tristram J.Coffin, the United States attorney in Vermont. He said the sudden influx of immigration cases has swamped the federal courthouse, where clerks are learning how to pro- nounce Creole names, and filings are being waived to expedite pro- ceedings. “I remember jokingly saying I’ll never be called because there’s no one who speaks Creole here,” said translator Chrissy Etienne, 24, a native of Haiti, who was hired by the United States District Court. Coffin said his office has charged 40 Haitians with the fed- eral crime of re-entry after prior removal. He said others were released on orders of supervision or under their own recognizance. Coffin said most of the Haitians caught crossing the bor- der from Canada were ordered deported from the United States years ago. ILLEGAL ACTS Marjorie Villefranche, pro- gramme director at Maison d’Haiti, a community center that serves the nearly 200,000 Haitians living in Montreal, said most knew that crossing into the United States was illegal but were still willing to take the chance. She said many Haitians were finding it difficult to obtain work and adjust to life in Montreal. Meanwhile, Haitian communi- ty activists in the United States have called for an extension of the July 20 deadline for undocu- mented Haitians to file for TPS. The Obama administration had granted TPS to an estimated 200,000 Haitians living illegally in the US in the wake of the January 12 devastating earth- quake in the impoverished, French-speaking Caribbean country. “There will be a need for an extension,” said Steven Forester, Miami-based representative of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. 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Stay away from abra- sive head coverings. They rub against the hair and cause friction, which can lead to breakage. And avoid elastic hair holders and rubber JUNE 10 - 16, 2010 R E7 E xtr a N .A. IMMIGRATION www.GleanerExtra.com EXTRA NA Citizenship bid stalled by words Dahlia Dear Mrs Huntington: me exactly which State and area I must commend you for your fiance´ is living in, there are Walker- excellent work you are many organisations all over the d o i n g . I a m a r e g u l a r l i s t e n- US that assist immigrants with er to your programme and his problem. would like your assistance. My fiance´ is living in the If he is living in an area with a high concentration of immigrants Huntington United States (US) for six there will be several civic organi- years and would like to sations that help immigrants to apply for his citizenship. study for and pass the US explains the citizenship process to But he is afraid because he Naturalisation (citizenship) test. you and help you to study for the cannot read well. I heard you If he is not living in an immigrant test. USCIS also offers informa- his), to say on your programme that community, he should go to the tion sessions all over the US that shorten there are places that can pastor of his or a local church and provide information about the citi- the time assist 'non-readers' to acquire ask for help. Usually, there are zenship process. Please go to that the their citizenship. Can you tell people in the congregation who w w w . u s c i s . g o v and click on nat- child will me where can he get help with might be retired teachers who uralisation for further informa- have to his reading? Where can he go would gladly assist your fiance´ tion. as a green- wait for a t o g e t a s s i s t a n c e w i t h d o c u- on a one on one basis to improve intimidated card holder, green card. ment procedures for citizen his reading and coach him with During the citizenship interview but it will take about four years He does not status? He is planning to come the naturalisation test. the applicant is asked to read a for you to get your green-card have to be a US citizen to file for this year to get married and Some of these immigrant-based simple sentence and to write a interview. If he obtains his citi- his children. If the children are not take me to embassy for a civic organisations may also help simple sentence, so your fiance´ zenship and files for you as his his, he can file for your 14-year-old spouse visa. Is it wise to get him by preparing the naturalisa- should not be too intimidated by wife it will take only about nine child after you are married. m a r r i e d b e f o r e h e g e t s h i s c i t- tion documents for submission to the process. The most difficult months for you to get an interview He will not be able to file for the izenship? Will I be eligible for Department of Homeland portion is to take the test, i.e. to at the embassy. 20-year-old child as your marriage the visa? Will my children — Security. If he cannot get assis- answer questions correctly. The As with all marriage petitions, would have taken place after the age 14 and 20 — be able to tance to do that he would need to questions are available on the you must be prepared to prove to child was 18 years old. t r a v e l w i t h m e i f v i s a i s g r a n t- hire the services of an immigra- internet at the USCIS website the consular officer that your ed? Thanks in advance for you tion lawyer. and he will have the opportunity marriage is valid and is not I Dahlia A. Walker-Huntington, advice. The United States Citizenship to study the questions and the entered into solely for immigra- Esq is a Jamaican-American attor- and Immigration Services answers and go over them again tion purposes. ney who practices law in Florida in Dear Madam: (USCIS) - an agency in the and again. I am not clear if your children the areas of Immigration, Family, Thank you for your kind words. Department of Homeland You can go ahead and get married are his. If they are his children, Corporate and Personal Injury Law. Your fiance´ is unfortunately in a Security - has a lot of information at any time it will not affect his he can file for them for their green She is a Mediator, Arbitrator and situation that many Jamaicans on their website about the citizen- citizenship application. If he cards. However, he should go Special Magistrate in Broward find themselves in while living in ship process. They even have chooses not to file for his citizen- ahead and file for the 20-year-old County, Florida. info@walkerhunt- the US. While you did not tell videos that you can watch that ship he can file for you as his wife child immediately (if the child is ington.com cant as soon as reasonably prac- application for permanent resi- Given marching orders Hi Mrs Ffolkes-Abrahams, two years after the exclusion ticable. However, in this case the office relied on detailed evidence about medical conditions in Jamaica that the applicant con- tested in an affidavit filed in sup- dence be made from outside Canada. She had Canadian born children and had some legitimate medical issues. The Supreme Court of Canada granted her the port of the applicant’s successful exemption based on humanitari- Dear Mrs Ffolkes-Abrahams, order was enforced. motion for a stay of removal. The an and compassionate grounds. I have been removed from Canada with an exclusion Where a deportation order has been issued against you, you are Sharon court allowed the review of the removal order based on the fact The Supreme Court of Canada stated that: order. Can you tell me what is the difference with — not allowed to return to Canada at any time after removal with- Ffolkes that the applicant had been in Canada for 20 years and the duty The wording of the legislation shows Parliament’s intention deportation, removal or exclusion order? out written authorisation by an officer. Abrahams of fairness should have allowed the opportunity to reply to the that the decision be made in a Where a departure order has humanitarian and compassionate evidence relied on by the officer. manner. A reasonable exercise of Hi, been issued, you may return applicant to the risk of death, If the evidence proved incorrect without the consent of the minis- the power conferred by the sec- There are three types of removal extreme sanction or inadequate the applicant would have suf- tion requires close attention to orders recognised in the ter, if the other requirements of treatment. These are all factors fered great harm. The removal the Act and Regulations are met. order was therefore overturned. the interests and needs of chil- Immigration and Refugee which could result in a removal dren since children’s rights, and Protection Act of Canada. They However, if you do not leave being rescheduled. Another example of humani- Canada within the required 30 A removal or deportation order tarian and compassionate consid- attention to their interests, are are: an exclusion orders, deporta- central humanitarian and com- tion orders and departure orders. period after the order becomes can be overturned on humanitar- erations being applied by the enforceable, the departure order ian and compassionate grounds. court is the landmark case of passionate values in Canadian The effect of each is different. becomes a deportation order. society. You indicate an exclusion order In the case of Level (litigation Baker v Canada (Immigration The discretion to defer a Guardian of) v Canada (minister and Citizenship) decided in 1999 In this case, the deportation has been issued against you. In removal order is very limited. An of public safety and emergency order against Ms Baker was that case, you require authorisa- by the Supreme Court of Canada. officer is entitled to take into preparedness) was decided by the This was a successful challenge overturned by the Supreme tion to return to Canada during account a range of factors, such court in 2008. In that case, there of a Jamaican woman who was Court of Canada. the 12 months after the day of as whether any required travel was a review in the court of a ordered deported from Canada. removal. After one year you are documents are missing, whether deferral of a removal pending a This case involved a long legal I Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams is a not required or obliged to obtain the applicant is subject to a decision on the application for challenge all the way to the barrister/solicitor of bars in Jamaica an authorisation in order to Court Order requiring his or her permanent residence based on Supreme Court of Canada. Baker and Ontario, Canada. She is president return to Canada. If, however, presence in Canada, or whether humanitarian and compassionate applied for an exemption, based of the Jamaican Diaspora Canada the exclusion order was made there is a health related impedi- grounds. on humanitarian and compas- Foundation and former counsel at the because of misrepresentation you ment to the applicant travelling As a rule, the court found that sionate considerations under sec- Ontario Human Rights Commission. must obtain written authorisa- and finally whether the failure to an enforcement officer is statuto- tion 114 (2) of the Immigration Email: email@example.com tion to return to Canada within defer will otherwise expose the rily bound to remove an appli- Act from the requirement that an or firstname.lastname@example.org SEND Birthday and Wedding Anniversary Greetings in the Weekly Gleaner For more information call: 1-800-875-6390 or 718-657-0788 (USA) 1-800-565-3961 or 416-784-3002 (Canada) E8 R JUNE 10 - 16, 2010 EXTRA NA www.GleanerExtra.com E xtr a N .A. NEW YORK (CMC): Caribbean Week kicks off in New York C ARIBBEAN WEEK, organized by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), kicked off last Sunday with an interfaith service of thanksgiving in Brooklyn. The CTO said the celebration, which took place at St. George’s Episcopal Church, featured lead- ers of virtually every faith prac- ticed in the Caribbean. The congregation comprised Caribbean ministers, commis- sioners and directors of tourism, New York State and City officials, members of the diplomatic Corps, tourism industry leaders, repre- sentatives of the media, and a cross-section of New York’s Caribbean-American community. The week’s schedule includes the Caribbean Fair, the Caribbean Media Marketplace, Awards Luncheons, and Rum and Rhythm. Celia Ross, New York sales rep- resentative for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, said her island will be showcased during the Rum & Rhythm and Media Market Place events on Thursday. She said the authority will be fea- turing Sunset Rum, which is dis- tributed in the US by the Washington-based Calypso Imports. “Calypso Imports will be sup- porting us by providing us with the rum and, maybe, (have) someone from their company to serve up and talk about the rum,” Ross told the Caribbean Media Corporation on Sunday. “Each year, CTO provides its member-countries with the opportunity to showcase the Caribbean region here in the marketplace,” Ross said. “It is also an opportunity for Caribbean industry partners to come together to discuss tourism trends and factors affecting the industry, solutions to the nega- tives, and ways to capitalize on the positives. “Each year, SVG, like most CTO member-countries, looks forward to the opportunity to showcase aspects of the destina- tion, which identify it with the Caribbean, as well as those unique features which make us special,” Ross added. The week culminates with the 37th annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball on Friday night. FILE Jamaican entertainer Ano Okera (left) hums a few bars to CBS Early Show co-anchor and resident veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner Bell following the Caribbean Week kick off celebration on Monday, June 7.