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20060503 | 12:45 pm

On the morning of April 7th, 2006 a 45 foot cabin cruiser landed in South Florida with 45 Haitians, 1 Jamaican and 1 Cuban. After a short detention the Cuban was set free to begin a new life in the United States while the Haitians were rounded up, interviewed and sent back to Haiti.

Because of the “wet-foot, dry-foot Policy” a Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations, "wet feet", would summarily be sent home or to a third country. One who makes it to shore, "dry feet", gets to stay in the United States, and later would qualify for U.S. citizenship.

Temporary Protected Status also known as TPS is provided to aliens temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, the temporary effects of an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. Right now the United States recognizes Burundi, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia and the Sudan under TPS. Haitians are presently requesting to qualify for TPS since their home country clearly qualifies under the description of TPS.

Haitians took to the streets of Little Haiti in Miami on Saturday April 22nd 2006 and marched to the INS building on Biscayne Boulevard and NW 79th Street in protest of their country men being sent back to Haiti, to show light on the discrepancy between Cuban aliens and Haitians reaching the shores of United States, and to bring attention to the fact that under TPS rules Haitians would clearly quality for Temporary Protected Status. Although the crowd started off small it grew very large as the march reached the INS building. View larger size at deviantART.

L' Union Fait La Force


Bourgeois Blues


My Special Child


Another Travelin' Song


Champion


Detroit


Stories For Boys


Wailing From Wall To Wall


Pretty Flower In Your Backyard

Photos by Danny Hammontree

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Cubmaster General

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from: cnjosephyne
date: 20060503 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I absolutely love this series.... maybe because I feel so strongly about this issue.. just wonderfully caught on film. Thank you!

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :) i tend to cover the things i care most about and this certainly is one of them too...

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love's the greatest thing

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from: leeann_marie
date: 20060503 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Great work as always!

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 11:06 pm (UTC)
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thank you :)

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lina love

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from: isobel_5
date: 20060503 06:00 pm (UTC)
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hey big D! I want to give your pictures some air, would you be intrested in being part of a curated show? I'm shooting for dec or early spring next year it will be very political and I would love to have your emotionaal ladies like these for all to see. send email action at dulouvre@earthlink.net

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 11:09 pm (UTC)
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i would LOVE too! i so wish you lived closer to me or me too you ;) the sushi will be that much better next time i'm in Portland :) i'll email you about this soon, it sounds great!

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sarah

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from: hervictory
date: 20060503 06:09 pm (UTC)
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You really have a gift at getting people to react to your camera. It's a beautiful series, very touching.

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 11:10 pm (UTC)
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thank you :) i think i am mostly lucky ;)

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 11:11 pm (UTC)
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thank you :)

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Blackdove

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from: blackdove1978
date: 20060503 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Because of the “wet-foot, dry-foot Policy” a Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations, "wet feet", would summarily be sent home or to a third country. One who makes it to shore, "dry feet", gets to stay in the United States, and later would qualify for U.S. citizenship.

Umm, doesn't that seem kind of unfair? Like, tempting them to do it? Like, if you make it, you can stay?

I don't know, that seems fucked up to me.
Great shots, as usual.
xo

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 11:15 pm (UTC)
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yea.. unfair to those that do not get this luxury! it is super fucked up! many of these poor people die at sea because of rough seas and poorly build craft, even if they do make it, if they are caught they are sent back which is how it works out most of the time.... sad :(

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Jason

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from: firemanjason
date: 20060503 09:27 pm (UTC)
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great stuffy danny, keep clickin

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 11:15 pm (UTC)
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thanks man :)

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Eve

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from: soul_pages
date: 20060503 09:39 pm (UTC)
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those are Incredible. The man in the 4th photo has amazing eyes :D

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :) You should have seen me stalking him LOL I thought I'd get a better photo with the amount I took of him ;) I don't even think he is Haitian, maybe Jamacian? He joined in the march about a mile or 2 into it with other guys playing music...

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from: anonymous
date: 20060503 09:52 pm (UTC)
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great shots as usual!

did you get the D200 yet? i see it's still on your B&H wishlist. i just got one last weekend with the vertical grip and i'm pretty psyched about it, although i haven't had a chance to really take serious photos with it (i'm dying to!). i thought it would be a couple more months before i got it since it's always back-ordered, but a store in my neighborhood has a few in every week. i can tell you which one if that's all that's holding you back!

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060503 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Who is this?

I really do need it soon but the funds are low... Hopefully I'll get it before the end of the year ;)

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Karen Z.

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from: gegenschein
date: 20060504 12:15 am (UTC)
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These are awesome, Danny!

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060504 12:44 am (UTC)
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thank you :) you coming Sunday?

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My song

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from: _cast_no_shadow
date: 20060504 02:27 am (UTC)
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I really don't need to tell you how amazing and inspirational these are do i?
great job :)

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060504 02:37 am (UTC)
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Thanks Shiri :) all you need to tell me is when your coming out shooting with me ;)

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CAUTION-FREE SINCE '83

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from: dirtdolldeluxe
date: 20060505 02:52 am (UTC)
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stellar! as always.

and hey, i got a D70s this week :D

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060505 05:38 am (UTC)
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Oh wow! I am so happy for you :) I can't wait to see your photos :) :) :)

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from: sanctiloquent
date: 20060516 12:21 am (UTC)
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i've changed journals from soul_pages:)
add me!

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from: tranquilxheart
date: 20060529 02:52 am (UTC)
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Again, Candi from DeviantArt.
<3

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060529 03:07 am (UTC)
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you gotta add me back!


;)

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