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Haitian-Americans: On the Verge of a Political First

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The home of the highest concentration of Haitians in the United States is about to elect one of their own into office, according to Politico.com. The Miami based 17th District is on the cusp of electing the first Haitian-American candidate into Congress.

Possible candidates include community activist Marleine Bastien, former state Rep. Phillip Brutus, and state Rep. Yolly Robertson. Once the community has chosen which of the three to represent their interests, the selected candidate will replace the open seat left by Rep. Kendrick Meek. The front runner with community support from both the Hatian and African-American communities is Rep. Brutus, but with just as much support is Rep. Robertson, who happens to be his political rival and ex-wife. The biggest issue at hand for the Haitian-American community is immigration as there are currently thousands of Haitian immigrants seeking asylum and requesting protection and permission to stay in the U.S.-WLW

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