Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

DHS Should Extend TPS for Haitians for 18 Months

DSC_1582About 50,000 Haitians who arrived in the US before January 12, 2011, one year after Haiti’s earthquake, have TPS; most arrived years before it struck.  They work and have community ties including US-born children; their remittances support hundreds of thousands back in Haiti. After having regularly renewed Haiti’s TPS designation in successive 18-month increments, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in early 2017 threatened to end it, but a campaign in which IJDH played a key role won a grudging six-month extension, to January 22, 2018.

 We are coordinating and participating in renewed efforts to stave off termination and win an 18 month extension: deportations to Haiti remain unsafe due to incomplete earthquake recovery, the unchecked cholera epidemic, and the ravages of Hurricane Matthew and Haiti can’t safely assimilate 50,000 new deportees nor replace their crucial remittances. Meanwhile, insecurity about the administration’s intentions has caused many Haitians to cross into Canada, where their reception is uncertain.

For up-to-date info on relevant conditions, see also ReliefWeb; UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA); Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) Haiti page; Food Insecurity after Hurricane Matthew, and Cholera Accountability


Community Letter Now Circulating (to endorse, please fill out this simple form ASAP!)

Excellent video of Boston State House Haiti TPS rally with U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, IJDH’s Brian Concannon et al, September 20, 2017

Model Haiti TPS Resolutions to adapt: longer and shorter versions; then-presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s campaign address praising the community and pledging to be its greatest champion.

Federal Register, “Extension of the Designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status,” USCIS, May 24, 2017 (scroll down to “Why is the Secretary extending the TPS designation for Haiti through January 22, 2018?” for conditions assessment)

“US Senators Rubio and Nelson and 8 US Reps from Florida Urge Acting DHS Secretary Duke to Extend Haiti’s TPS Designation for 18 Months,” September 18, 2017

Broward County Commission Adopts Resolution Urging 18-Month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” September 14, 2017
Democrats plot their Haiti strategy as TPS deadline looms,” by Alex Daugherty, Miami Herald, September 13, 2017
United States Conference of Mayors Adopts Resolution Urging 18-Month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” June 26, 2017
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Writes DHS Acting Secretary Duke Urging 18-month Extension of Haiti TPS,” August 24, 2017
Senator Urges Trump to Extend Protections for Haitians,” by Associated Press, republished by U.S. News, August 25, 2017
Nelson urging Trump administration to extend TPS for Haitians,” by  Sergio Bustos, Politico,  August 24, 2017
Nelson calls for extension of TPS for Haitians beyond January deadline,” by Caribbean News, August 24, 2017
“VICTORY in Boston: Boston City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS),” August 23, 2017

“City of North Miami Unanimously Passes Resolution Urging 18-month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” August 22, 2017

US Rep. Carlos Curbelo seeks more permanent solution for Haitian families living under TPS,” Channel 10 (ABC affiliate), Miami, FL, August 14, 2017

With Immigration Program in Jeopardy, Las Vegans from Countries Wracked by War, Disaster [Are] on Edge,” by Luz Gray and Michelle Rindels, Nevada Independent, August 23, 2017

Fearing Trump deportation, Haitians head to Canada and risk dividing their families,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, August 19, 2017

Pour le renouvellement du TPS, le gouvernement [haïtien] mobilise la grosse artillerie…” par Robinson Alphonse, Le Nouvelliste 08 août, 2017
Who is encouraging Haitians to cross the border? Canada wants to know,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, August 27, 2017

For Haitians in U.S, the road to refuge runs straight to Canada— and arrest“, by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, August 12,2017

The countdown for Haitians with TPS has started. And that has many in Haiti worried,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, August 04, 2017

Center for Migration Studies, “A Statistical and Demographic Profile of the US Temporary Protected Status Populations from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti,” JMHS (Vol 5 No 3-2017); summary of findings and Data Tables with characteristics by state of those populations; letter from Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DeMarzo, July 25, 2017
City petitions DHS for Temporary Protected Status program extension,The Somerville Times, July 19, 2017
It’s the wrong time to end protected status, returning refugees to Haiti and elsewhere,” by Emmanuel Lusardi, Cambridge Today, July 11, 2017
Cambridge City Council supports TPS for Haitians, June 26, 2017
Study says doing away with immigration program would harm economy,” by Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service,  July 27, 2017
Eugene seeks support for mother of TPS beneficiary who committed suicide,” by Nelson A. King, Caribbean Life, July 27, 2017
Long Island Swoop Stops Over 100 Haitian Migrants,”by Ava Turnquest,
Tribune242,  July 27, 2017
“These Haitians Found Refuge From Earthquakes, Cholera, and Poverty. Now Trump Plans to Send Them Back. “Haiti can’t offer me anything,” by Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones, July 24, 2017

Haitian advocates start 180-day countdown urging Trump administration to extend TPS” by Ayanna Runcie,

Miami Herald, July 24, 2017


Haitian Immigrants With Temporary Status Await Trump’s Next Move” by Khorri Atkinson,

New York Times, July 21, 2017


Haitian Bar Association hosts clinics for those in danger of losing temporary protected status,” By Rob Abruzzese,

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 24, 2017

“26 US Senators Urge Generous TPS Extension for Haiti and other Countries,”

July 19, 2017

Plea to Trump to extend Haitian Temporary Protected Status,” by Allan Wernick,

New York Daily News, July 18, 2017

After Hurricane Matthew, many victims in Haiti feel abandoned,” by Jacqueline Charles,

Miami Herald, July 14, 2017

Top Trump official warns special immigration status may end soon for a million people,” by Franco Ordoñez, McClatchy, July 12, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 102 fleeing Haitian migrants to Haiti,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, July 12, 2017

President Trump’s Misguided Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement,” by Church World Service President & CEO John McCullough, Huffington Post, June 5, 2017 (please click here for an excellent excerpt from this op-ed, on current Haiti conditions)

How Mobilization Won a Partial Victory on Haiti TPS,” by IJDH Immigration Policy Coordinator Steven Forester, The CCR Blog, June 7, 2017

Editorial, “Mr. Trump, don’t send 50,000 Haitians back to a life of hardship,”  Washington Post, June 3, 2017 (reprinted as “Washington Post: White House shouldn’t end Haitians’ TPS,” Omaha World-Herald, June 6, 2017)

Letter to Editor,”Protected Status for Haitians,”  New York Times, June 4,  2017 (by IJDH Immigration Policy Coordinator Steven Forester)

Immigration activists and lawyers offer Haitians hope, vowing TPS fight is not over,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald,  June 2, 2017

Advocates fear deportations will lead to child labour surge in Haiti,” by David McFadden, Associated Press, June 5, 2017

Homeland Security Chief Signals Shift on Immigration Program,”  Associated Press, 

June 1, 2017

Homeland Security Chief Kelly leaves door open — slightly — for Haiti TPS,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 1, 2017

Will four hours in Haiti influence Homeland Security Secretary Kelly on TPS?,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 30, 2017

Five places Secretary Kelly should have seen on his trip to Haiti,” By  Marc Cohen,

OXFAM, June 1, 2017

After canceling with TPS families, Haitian president tells recipients to ‘calm down,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 18, 2017

38 Humanitarian and Development Organizations Wrote to DHS Secretary John Kelly With a List of Places to Visit and Experts to see During His 4-Hour-Trip to Haiti

Six-month extension for Haitian TPS is not enough,” by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield,  Miami Herald, May 25, 2017

Haitians get reprieve but it may be short-lived,” by Maria Cramer The Boston Globe,

May 23, 2017

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, But Will Mass Deportations Follow in 6 Months?Democracy Now, May 23, 2017

Haitians Wary of TPS Expiration,”Rhode Island Public Radio, May 29, 2017

End to ‘temporary’ status for US migrants feared under Trump,” Associated Press, May 29, 2017

Senator Edward Markey Statement on DHS Decision to Extend Temporary Protected Status to Haitians,” May 22, 2017

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on the Extension of Haiti’s Temporary Protected, Status Designation,” May 22, 2017

FLIC: Trump Administration Lets Down Haitian Community,” May 22, 2017

FANM:DHS Decision to Extend TPS for Haitians for 6 Months Leaves Immigrants in Fear,” May 22, 2017

AILA: Six-Month Extension of Protection for Haitians Is Not Enough,”

May 22, 2017

59,000 Haitians Displaced by Earthquake Get Extra 6 Months in U.S.,” by Lizette Alvarez,

New York Times, May 22, 2017

For Haitians who came to U.S. after earthquake, another deportation reprieve,” by Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, May 22, 2017

“Trump administration to extend humanitarian protections for Haitians for six more months,” Associated Press, May 22, 2017

Haitians get 6 months of protection from deportation — but told prepare to leave U.S.,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 22, 2017

Editorial, “Haitians should not lose TPS status,” Miami Herald editorial board, May 23, 2017

Editorial, ” Trump shows some heart: A gracious hand to Haitians,” New York Daily News editorial board, May 22, 2017

Haitian-Americans celebrate unity parade amid immigration fears,” by Cristela Guerra, Boston Globe, May 21, 2017

59,000 Haitians Displaced by Earthquake Get Extra 6 Months in U.S.,” The New York Times, May 22, 2017

Haitian TPS Extended for Six Months by Trump Administration, Leaving Immigrant Community Uncertain About Future,” Newsweek, May 22, 2017

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians to be extended for six months,”

Miami Herald, May 22, 2017

Federal officials: DHS to extend temporary protected status to HaitiansThe Washington Post,

May 22, 2017

Haiti TPS announcement misleading on facts,”By Steven Forester

South Florida Caribbean News, May 22, 2017

58,000 Haitians in U.S. May Lose Post-Earthquake Protections,”

New York Times, May 20, 2017

Trump made a promise to Haitian immigrants. Will he break it and deport them?,” by Karen Attiah, The Washington Post,  May 19, 2017

Editorial: “An easy call on Haiti for Trump – just heed Florida’s advice,” Orlando Sentinel, May 19, 2017

Don’t split up Haitian families – Extend protected status in U.S.,” by SEIU Florida State Council President Monica Russo, Orlando Sentinel, May 19, 2017 (urging Senators Rubio and Nelson to meet with Secretaries Kelly and Tillerson today)

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin writes Secretaries Tillerson and Kelly urging Haiti TPS Extension, May 18, 2017

“Senators Tell Secretary Kelly Extension of TPS for Eligible Haitians is the Only Humane Decision: As May 22 deadline approaches, Senators warn that DHS must keep its review within the bounds dictated by Congress,” press release and letter, May 19, and Politico Pro story, May 19, 2017

130 Organizations and 200 Individuals Serving Haitian Community Urge Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation, May 18, 2017

Fla. lawmakers, humanitarian groups press Trump to renew TPS for Haitians,”

Politico, May 17, 2017, 2017

14 U.S. Mayors/County Exec Issue Letter to Secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson Urging the Them to Extend TPS for Haitians, May 17, 2017

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Personally Urges DHS Sec. John Kelly to Extend Haiti TPS,

May 17, 2017

35 refugee and humanitarian organizations write DHS Sec. John Kelly urging Haiti TPS renewal, and Rep. Ted Deutch and humanitarian experts discuss this,

May 17, 2017

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Urges Secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillersonto Extend Haiti TPS,

May 11, 2017

Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Dan Donovan (R, NY) writes Secretaries Kelly and Tillerson urging Haiti TPS extension, May 11, 2017

Over 550 physicians urge Haiti TPS extension, citing “dire public health circumstances,”

May 16, 2017

Haitian diaspora waits on US call on immigrants’ protected status,

Dorchester Reporter, May 17, 2017

The City Council Just Took a Stand in Support of Boston’s Haitian Immigrants: They could be sent back unless Trump acts to protect them.,

Boston Daily, May 17;

Ralliers Seek Protected Status
Extension for Haitians (+Media), State House News Service, May 17, 2017

Decision time nears on status for Haitians in the US,”

The Boston Globe, May 18

Activists say Haiti’s crisis continues, and now is not the time to end TPS,”

Miami Herald, May 17, 2017

Editorials, Media Coverage, Political Support Letters:

Editorial, “The Trump administration is criminalizing Haitian refugees,” The Boston Globe, May 14, 2017
Editorial, “Hanging Haitians out to dry,” New York Daily News, May 10, 2017
Editorial,”Extend protected status for eligible Haitians,” The Palm Beach Post, May 9, 2017
Editorial, “Don’t Send 50,000 Back to Fragile Haiti,” New York Times, April 29, 2017
Editorial, “The United States may be about to inflict a massive hardship on Haiti,” The Washington Post, April 23, 2017
Editorial, “Renew Protected Status for Haitians,” Boston Globe, April 24, 2017
Editorial, “Let them stay: U.S. must show compassion to threatened Haitians,” New York Daily News, April 22, 2017
Editorial, “Extend protection for Haitian immigrants – Failing to extend protection for 50,000 Haitians would be disaster for them, their children and those back home,” Sun Sentinel, April 19, 2017
Editorial, “Extend Temporary Protected Status for eligible Haitians,” Miami Herald, April 16, 2017
Editorial, “Haiti’s New Catastrophe,” The New York Times. October 7, 2016

The President of Haiti and Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S. urge President Trump to extend TPS for Haitian nationals legally residing in the U.S., May 16 and May 8, 2017
L’administration Moïse-Lafontant «favorable au renouvellement du TPS,” Le Nouvellist, May 3, 2017
MA leaders urge TPS extension, May 16, 2017
AP Exclusive: US digs for evidence of Haiti immigrant crimes,” Associated Press, May 9, 2017
Trump administration seeking criminal history of Haitians,” Miami Herald, May 9, 2017
Rick Scott asks Trump administration to extend protection for Haitians,” Tampa Bay Times, May 12, 2017
Detailed December 2016 USCIS Assessment that Conditions Warranting TPS Persist, and then U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry, in December 2016 recommendation that Haiti TPS be Extended when it Expires July 22
A Harrowing Turning Point for Haitian Immigrants,” by Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker, May 12, 2017

Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders oppose Trump administration’s discriminatory targeting of Haitian refugees, May 11, 2017
13 members of New York’s congressional delegation urge extension of TPS for Haitians, May 5, 2017
All eleven members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation wrote DHS Secretary Kelly urging him to extend TPS for Haiti for another 18 months, May 4, 2017
Congressional Black Caucus asks feds to show ‘compassion’ for Haitians in U.S.,” Miami Herald, May 2, 2017; 47 Congressional Black Caucus members urge DHS Secretary Kelly to extend Haiti TPS
U.S. Senators Rubio and Nelson of Florida, joined by 8 U.S. Representatives from Florida (3 Republicans and 5 Democrats), wrote to DHS Secretary Kelly urging the extension of TPS for Haitians, March 24, 2017
MA Senator Ed Markey wrote to DHS Secretary Kelly urging extension of TPS, April 18, 2017
16 Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Schumer and Judiciary and Appropriations ranking members Feinstein and Leahy, wrote a joint letter urging Secretaries Kelly and Tillerson to extend TPS for Haiti, April 26, 2017
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand of New York wrote to Secretary of State Tillerson and DHS Secretary Kelly urging an expedited extension of TPS for Haitians, March 24, 2017
Representative Mia Love wrote to the President urging extension of Haiti’s TPS designation, March 14, 2017
Broward County Commissioners wrote DHS Secretary John Kelly urging him to extend Haiti’s TPS designation, May 9, 2017
168 faith-based organizations and 248 faith leaders wrote DHS Secretary Kelly urging him to extend TPS for Haiti, May 1, 2017
National Catholic leaders wrote to DHS Secretary Kelly urging an extension of Haiti’s TPS designation, April 17, 2017
The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies issued this statement calling for an extension of humanitarian protection for Haitian nationals, April 21, 2017
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued this statement regarding reports that USCIS is recommending  termination of TPS for Haitians to DHS Secretary Kelly, April 21, 2017
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center published a report titled “Economic Contributions by Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian TPS Holders: The Cost to Taxpayers, GDP, and Businesses of Ending TPS,” April 19, 2017

There’s a lot of fear and anxiety': Miami’s Haitians hit by threat of deportation,” The Guardian, May 13, 2017
Protesters to Trump: Don’t send Haitian immigrants ‘back to nothing’,” Miami Herald, May 15, 2017
Haitians Rally Outside US Citizenship and Immigration Office In Miami to Call for Renewal of TPS,” WLRN, May 14, 2017
Exiled by an earthquake, Haitians in Boston are in limbo,” The Boston Globe, May 14, 2017
A Harrowing Turning Point For Haitian Immigrants,” The New Yorker, May 12, 2017
Unions Calls for Support for TPS Renewal,” WMFE, May 12, 2017
Haitian Refugees Face Loss of Status,” BNN News, May 12, 2017
Support Haitians: Massive Tuesday Rally to Back Temporary Protected Status,”Black Star News, May 16, 2017
Haitian Activists Urge US Not to Deport Quake Refugees,” VOA, May 11, 2017
Trump administration seeking criminal history of Haitians,” by Jacqueline Charles and Franco Ordoñez, Miami Herald, May 9, 2017
Leaks Shows Trump Administration Gearing Up to Reject Haitian TPS Renewal, Deport Haitians,” America’s Voice Press Release, May 9, 2017
Report: The Trump Administration Is Reviewing Crime by Haitians as It Weighs Protected Status Eligibility,” Slate, May 9, 2017
US Homeland Security Inquiry Into Haitians Spurs Fears About TPS,” VOA, May 9, 2017
Activists urge Trump to renew protected status for Haitian migrants,” The Palm Beach Post, May 5, 2017
Up to 55,000 Haitians Face Deportation If Trump Refuses to Extend Temporary Protected Status” (Interview), Democracy Now!, May 3, 2017
Trump Administration Weighing Future Of 50,000 Haitians In U.S.NPR,  May 3, 2017
Will 50,000 Haitians Be Sent Home by the Trump Administration?,” Ebony, May 8, 2017
Haitians in U.S. Hopeful as Trump Administration Weighs Sending Them Home,” NBC News, May 5, 2017
50,000 Haitians living in the United States could face deportation,” ThinkProgress, May 2, 2017
50,000 Haitians face being deported by Trump back to country still reeling from natural disasters,” The Independent, May 2, 2017
Amid Trump crackdown, U.S. immigrants head to Canada,” by Lisa Desai, PBS NewsHour, April 15, 2017
Will the US try to send 50,000 people back to Haiti?,” Al Jazeera, April 29, 2017
Haitians fear protected status expiration will lead to deportations,” Sun Sentinel, April 23, 2017 (story and video).
TPS Recipients, Activists March in Miami Urging TPS Extension for Haitians,” NBC Miami, May 13, 2017
Why My Faith Compels Me to Support Protective Status for Haitians Fleeing Disaster (Commentary),” Sojourners, May 10, 2017
Tens of thousands of Haitians could be sent back to Haiti if Trump agency has its way,” Miami Herald, April 21, 2017
Trump immigration agency wants to kick 50,000 Haitians out of the USA,” USA Today, April 20, 2017
Hundreds of Haitian Disney employees may have to leave U.S.,” Orlando Sentinel, April 25, 2017
Three interviews with IJDH’s Steve Forester: Haitian Refugees Face Loss of Status (BNN News), May 12; KPFA Flashpoint, April 21; Trump ‘demonizing’ Haitian migrants with immigration review? (on Fox News with Tucker Carlson), May 11
An appeal to President Trump to extend Temporary Protective Status for Haitians,” op-ed by Allan Wernick, New York Daily News, May 1
50,000 Haitians Face Uncertain Future Under Trump Administration. (Interview with Marjean Perhot, director of immigration and refugee services at Catholic Charities in Boston), NPR, May 6, 2017
Refugees on Edge: Haitians Here Legally for Seven Years Could Get Sent Back,” South Coast Today, April 23, 2017
Two Steps Back: Haiti Still Reeling from Hurricane Matthew,” Refugees International report, April 5, 2017
NY Pols and Advocates Ask Trump to Let 50,000 Haitians Remain in the United States,” Observer,  April 24, 2017
What Does the Future Hold for Haitians with TPS? The Trump Administration May Terminate It,” by Royce Bernstein Murray, Policy Director, American Immigration Council, posted at the American Immigration Council’s blog, April 24, 2017
Haitian activists urge U.S. not to deport quake refugees,” Reuters, May, 10, 2017
32BJ SEIU Responds to USCIS’ Recommendation to End Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, April 20
In a Letter to the Editor of Miami Herald, Marleine Bastien (FANM) emphasized that “Haitians still need protective status,” April 11
The Municipal Council of the township of Irvington, NJ adopted a Resolution urging President Trump and DHS to extend TPS for at least 18 months, April 11
Florida State Senator Daphne Campbell called for extension of Haitian refugees’ emergency status, April 24

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke proposed legislation to expand TPS for Haitians, February 10
51 Florida groups and leaders wrote Hillary Clinton urging redesignating TPS and expanding HRFP, among other actions, October 20, 2016
Senator Bill Nelson co-sponsored a letter from 12 U.S. Senators urging TPS redesignation in light of Matthew, October 13, 2016
U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson urged re-designation of TPS and expanding HFRP, October 13, 2016
U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings wrote President Obama urging redesignation of TPS, October 12, 2016
A bipartisan letter to President Obama from 57 U.S. Representatives, co-sponsored by Rep. Frederica Wilson and circulated before Matthew struck Haiti, strongly urged reinstatement of the pre-September 22 parole and non-removal policy, October 5, 2016
Model Resolution for extending TPS for Haiti – for introduction before city and county councils, etc.
On February 26, Jamaica Observer reported that a Haitian legislator and community organization are petitioning the Trump administration to renew TPS for Haitians
In their December 24, 2016 op-ed, Steve Forester (IJDH) and Marleine Bastien (FANM) urged president Obama to broaden TPS for Haitians
ACTION ALERT: Stop Haiti deportations, redesignate TPS and expand HFRP (urged calling the White House, Congress and the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, December 19) petition, “End Cholera and Protect Haitians in the US” petition, “End Cholera & Aid Elections in Haiti; Protect Haitians in US,” based on the October 20 Florida leaders’ letter below (garnered about 4,500 endorsers)

Take Action Today

Call Congress to extend Haiti TPS, send a message to your elected officials & urge Congress & DHS to protect Haitians!


In their September 27 op-ed, Steve Forester (IJDH) and Marleine Bastien (FANM) urged expanding the HFRP (paragraphs 3-11)
ACTION ALERT: Stop Haiti deportations, redesignate TPS and expand HFRP – Calls were made to the White House, Congress and the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, December 19.
End Cholera and Protect Haitians in the US – petition to the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama.
End Cholera & Aid Elections in Haiti; Protect Haitians in US – About 4,500 people endorsed this petition to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate
URGENT: Tell DHS Secretary Johnson to Protect Haitians – Urged calling Congress
Haitian Immigration Rights -General
Click HERE for links to over 80 editorials, resolutions, political letters, op-eds, petitions, and other support urging the President and DHS to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.
*If you’re looking for information on the Dominican Republic’s citizenship crisis, click HERE.*


 Articles & Letters

Trump And TPS: Will He Extend Haitians’ Stay Here Or Send Them Back?WLRN, April 10, 2017
Stranded Haitian migrants seek new home on Mexico-U.S. borderReuters, March 16, 2017
Thousands Of Deported Haitians And Africans Wait To Cross The Border In TijuanaKonbini, March 13, 2017
Le destin de plusieurs milliers d’Haïtiens suspendu à la plume de Donald Trump,” par Robenson Alphonse, Le Nouvelliste, 2 mars, 2017

Haitians in US Dreading DeportationCaribbean360, January 26, 2017
Here’s why Obama should broaden TPS for HaitiansMiami Herald, December 24, 2016
Tijuana welcomes Haitian immigrants stuck at U.S.-Mexico borderPBS Newshour, December 23, 2016
Dear President Obama, while there is timeMedium, December 20, 2016
Haitian-American Elected Officials Ask President Obama to Expand Family ReunificationSouth Florida Caribbean News, December 16, 2016
7,000 miles to salvationThe Washington Post, December 16, 2016
Thousands of Haitian migrants amassed at U.S.-Mexico border unsure what’s nextAZ Central, December 13, 2016
Haitians alarmed by renewed U.S. deportations as Trump era loomsUPI, December 8, 2016
U.S. picking up pace of deportations to HaitiMiami Herald. November 23, 2016
US congresswoman Clarke calls on White House to halt deportations of Haitians November 10, 2016
Press release: Congresswoman Frederica Wilson on resumption of deportation flights to Haiti November 10, 2016
Sens. Menendez and Nelson Lead TPS Request for Haitians in Wake of Hurricane Matthew – October 13, 2016
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Urge DOS and DHS to Grant TPS to Haitians – October 12, 2016
Hastings Urges President Obama to Expand TPS for Haitians Affected by Hurricane Matthew – October 12, 2016
Congressman Hastings Urges Expansion of TPS for Haitians After Hurricane Matthew – October 12, 2016
Church World Service Demands TPS, No Deportation for Haitians – October 12, 2016
After stay of Haitian deportation policy, local leaders encouraged but still fightingMiami Herald. October 12, 2016
US policy on deporting Haitians on hold in wake of hurricaneThe Washington Post. October 11, 2016
Activists Call Haitian Deportation Policy “Abomination”CBS Local Miami. October 10, 2016
Deportation to a disaster zone: Obama under pressure to stop crackdown on Haitian migrants as Hurricane Matthew wreaks havoc on islandSalon. October 7, 2016
Bipartisan letter (attached) from 57 US Reps Urges President Obama to Halt Haiti Deportation Policy – October 6, 2016
Haitian Reunification fight to continue, activists sayMiami Herald. October 21, 2014
Obama to expedite U.S. entry for thousands of HaitiansMiami Herald. October 17, 2014
Haitian Men Cut Off From Families as U.S. Tightens Entry RulesThe New York Times. September 29, 2016
Obama’s contradictory stance toward black asylum seekersThe Hill. September 28, 2016
New policy to deport Haitians is inhumaneMiami Herald. September 27, 2016
U.S. tightens immigration policy on undocumented HaitiansHumanosphere. September 26, 2017
New Haitian migration route takes treacherous 7,000 route to U.S.,”  by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, September 24, 2016
Haitians, After Perilous Journey, Find Door to U.S. Abruptly ShutThe New York Times. September 23, 2016
Uncertainty for Haitians in TijuanaSan Diego Union Tribune. September 23, 2016


Reunite Haitian Fams 3Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti underscored the need to re-designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and to expand the severely limited Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) to save lives and help Haiti recover by generating life-sustaining remittances.
A few days after the 2010 earthquake, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity (DHS) des­ig­nated Haiti for TPS because deportations were unsafe; in 2011, DHS re-designated TPS to protect those present in the United States by January 12, 2011. But no one who arrived thereafter is eligible, and DHS on September 22, 2016 announced that it would resume Haiti deportations. Thousands of Haitians who have arrived since then are now detained.

Hurricane Matthew’s broad devastation makes deporting anyone to Haiti unsafe and warrants re-designating Haiti TPS to protect all Haitians currently in the United States. Haiti’s government is in no position to receive deportees. Re-designation would save lives, unite families, and generate remittances key to sustaining families in Haiti.

Further, as outlined in the Miami Herald op-ed and in the October 20 letter from 51 Florida-based organizations and leaders, DHS should expand the arbitrarily limited HFRP. It should also immediately release from detention thousands of non-criminal Haitians detained since September 22.


FANMIJDH’s immigration advocacy is built on three decades of leadership in ensuring a safe haven in the U.S. for Haiti’s persecuted. We seek creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to save lives, reunite families, expedite orderly migration and speed recovery by increasing the flow of remittances to loved ones in Haiti. The Haiti Asylum Information Project (HAIP), established in 2004, has provided asylum applicants from across Haiti’s political spectrum the expert testimony and country condition information they need to present strong cases. Our Stop Deportations Now Campaign, the platform for years-long Temporary Protected Status (TPS) advocacy in Congress, the media, and the streets led to the suspension of all non-criminal deportations to Haiti in early 2009 and facilitated the immediate grant of TPS to Haitians in the United States after Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake.

 Expediting Haitian Family Reunification

IJDH leads nationwide advocacy urging the Obama administration to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP).  Nearly 110,000 Haitians are beneficiaries of family-based immigrant visa petitions which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already approved but who remain on wait lists of up to more than 12 years in Haiti, where many may not survive.  A Cuban FRPP expedites family reunification for similarly-situated Cuban beneficiaries; IJDH has built extensive support and momentum for creation of a similar Haitian program. Our campaign succeeded on October 17, 2014, when DHS announced it would implement an HFRPP in early 2015 to expedite the entry into the U.S. of approved beneficiaries whose visas are within two years of becoming current. While thrilled with this development, which should help thousands, we will seek to expand coverage of the new program to include all DHS-approved beneficiaries in Haiti, many of whom are on wait lists of up to 12 years (not just two), and closely monitor its implementation to seek to insure its maximum effectiveness.

Click HERE for links to letters, resolutions, editorials, reports, petitions and op-eds urging creation of a Haitian FRPP to save lives and speed Haiti’s recovery.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

On Jan­u­ary 21, 2010, after years of IJDH advo­cacy and a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake nine days ear­lier, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity (DHS) des­ig­nated Haiti for Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus (TPS) for 18 months. In May, 2011, DHS extended TPS for another 18 months to Jan­u­ary 22, 2013, and redes­ig­nated it to include Haitians who had arrived in the United States by Jan­u­ary 12, 2011, one year after the quake. On Octo­ber 1, 2012, DHS extended TPS for Haiti for another 18 months, to July 22, 2014.  Most recently, on March 3, 2014, DHS extended TPS for another 18 months, through January 22, 2016. As always, Haitians seek­ing TPS pro­tec­tion and work autho­riza­tion must apply indi­vid­u­ally, meet­ing eli­gi­bil­ity require­ments described by DHS’s United States Cit­i­zen­ship and Immi­gra­tion Ser­vices (USCIS).

TPS pro­tects most Haitians in the United States from depor­ta­tion to Haiti, and IJDH works with a broad range of advo­cates to trouble-shoot TPS imple­men­ta­tion issues as they arise.

Calls for re-designating TPS (and expanding HFRP) after Hurricane Matthew are HERE.

Haitian Asylum Information Project (HAIP)
The Haitian Asylum Information Project (HAIP) is an online resource library for asylum applicants and their lawyers. It contains key documents, contact information, and model pleadings to facilitate the filing of successful Haitian asylum cases.

Learn more about HAIP  & the “Stop Deportations Now” campaign.

Take Action

Take action now for fair immigration policy toward Haitians. Make your voice heard by signing petitions, writing to or calling Congress & DHS to extend Haiti TPS to protect Haitians, and also getting up-to-date information about Haitian immigration.


“Let’s consider Haiti for a moment. In October, Hurricane Matthew decimated one of its most productive agricultural areas, even after a three-year drought had already wiped out up to 80 percent of crops and livestock. One-third of the population is now food insecure; up to 280,000 people are selling land and homes to survive. Many still depend on the remittances provided by almost 60,0000 Haitians, who after the January 2010 earthquake were granted Temporary Protected Status by the Obama administration. Yet, despite the entreaties of hundreds of faith leaders, dozens of civil society organizations—and the Haitian Ambassador himself—who all asked for a minimum of 18 months extension to TPS, Secretary Kelly recently granted only six additional months, while maintaining that conditions in Haiti have significantly improved. Similarly, by attempting to prevent the resettlement of refugees from Somalia, Yemen and Sudan, he is closing the door to people from famine afflicted countries, while at the same time proposing to reduce the budget for humanitarian assistance that could help them at home.”

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