Washington, DC ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) announced today that she is leading a bipartisan effort by members of the Florida delegation to help Haitians get family-based visas and low-skilled, temporary employment visas while their homeland rebuilds from the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake. Joining Congresswoman Wilson on a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano are U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Deutch, Corinne Brown, David Rivera and Mario Diaz-Balart. According to the National Visa Center, of the more than 100,000 Haitians waiting for their approved family-based visa numbers to become available, 15,584 are the spouses and children of U.S. citizens, and another 16,216 are the adult children of Legal Permanent Residents.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Outgoing chairman of the Caribbean community (CARICOM) Dr. Denzil Douglas has extended congratulations to Portia Simpson Miller after her People's National Party (PNP) romped home to victory in last month's general elections in Jamaica. "I congratulated her on behalf of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM and more so on behalf of the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis," said Dr. Douglas, who is also the prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Trinidad and Tobago has become the leading source of United States imports entering under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) tariff preferences, displacing the Dominican Republic, according to the latest report issued by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œNinth Report to Congress on the operations of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act 2011ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, the U.S. imported $2.2 billion under CBI tariff preferences from Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, an increase of 43.8 percent from 2009.
Another factor making 2012 politically historic? It marks the first presidential election with super PACs. Given free rein by a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, super PACs are independent committees allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to support, or skewer, a political candidate. They're already shaping the election. After a pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, spent nearly $3 million on attack ads in Iowa targeting Newt Gingrich, his lead in the state swiftly plummeted. But a new pro-Obama super PAC, 1911 United, has a different strategy in mind: to mobilize an "army of Obama supporters."