Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Please help Haitians by asking President Obama and Congress to grant Haitians in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

DATE: January 14, 2010

SOURCE: USCRI, http://uscri.refugees.org/site/R?i=uTfsxgiu3FwDlvV3iJHJ7A..

Dear Friend,

Please help Haitians by asking President Obama and Congress to grant Haitians in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Given the degree of devastation caused by the recent earthquake, many Haitians now in the U.S. cannot return safely and need the opportunity to extend their stay in the U.S.

TPS is a temporary immigration status that lasts from 6 to 18 months. With TPS, Haitians in the U.S. can remain here and work to support themselves. TPS is not a status that leads to permanent residency in the U.S. The U.S. has granted TPS in other cases where earthquakes have made it unsafe for people to return home right away.

Granting TPS is a humanitarian act that will allow Haitians to remain here in safety and will also let relief work continue in Haiti without having to provide for even more people who may no longer have any place to live or other resources.

It is another way that Americans can help Haitians get through this difficult time.

Please take action on behalf of Haitian earthquake survivors today. Ask President Obama and the Congress to grant TPS for Haitians today.

I thank you for doing what you can to help.

Sincerely,

 

Lavinia Limon
President, USCRI

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