Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The Big Push on TPS for Haitians Now!

May 12, 2009

statue of libertyHalf-Hour for Haiti:  The Big Push on TPS for Haitians Now!

This week we have a short alert, with a quick action, that can make a long-term difference for the 30,000 Haitians in the U.S. with final deportation orders. We’ve been sending out a lot of Temporary Protected Status alerts lately, so we’ll skip the background information. But if you want to learn more about TPS, click here.

Upcoming Events: On Wednesday, May 13, a coalition of groups led by the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Haitian Women of Miami and the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center will hold the National Day of Solidarity for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in Washington DC. The day will include meetings with key decision makers on the TPS issue in the Executive and Legislative branches. Join this excellent company and pitch in on this effort with . . .

This Week’s Alert: this alert is issued by the American Friends Service Committee, which has called for a week of solidarity with Haiti ending Wednesday May 13. Let’s top the week off with a pile of calls to the White House comment line. Even if you’ve called before, call again to say you still care.


Tuesday, May 5 – Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Urge President Obama to grant TPS for Haitians

Dear AFSC Colleagues and Friends,

Your five minutes of solidarity with Haiti can make the difference!  Please call President Obama and urge him to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians in the United States.

Given the devastating and overwhelming conditions in Haiti, TPS is the most immediate form of humanitarian assistance the United States government can provide.  The U.S. government has granted TPS to nationals from other countries that face significant hardship and suffering.

Storms and hurricanes in Haiti have left scores of people dead, an estimated one million families and children homeless, and destroyed local crops needed for food. Presently 70% of the Haitian people are unemployed, while still others wait for relief and assistance.   Deporting Haitians in the United States by not granting TPS aggravates the island’s political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis.  Please call today to urge President Obama to grant TPS for Haitians.

  • Step 1:  Call 1-800-906-5989 to connect to the White House Comment Line.    (Call time: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm EST)
  • Step 2:  Speak to the operator and ask that your message be conveyed to the President.  Urge President Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status to our Haitian brothers and sisters. For sample comments see below.


Hello.  My name is ____________ and I am from (city and state). 

I urge President Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians in the United States.

I also urge the President to stop the deportation of Haitians.  Deportations separate families and aggravate Haiti’s humanitarian crisis.   It is time for the President to take action, and I look forward to his leadership.  Thank you.

American Friends Service Committee

 Project Voice Network –

1501 Cherry Street – Philadelphia, PA 19102 – (215) 241-7131

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