New York City Council Member Dr. Eugene, along with a Haitian community organization, have launched a petition to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. Originally granted in 2010 after the earthquake, TPS for Haitians is now set to expire July 22, 2017. Since last year, legislators like Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congressman Alcee Hastings have been urging a halt to deportations of undocumented Haitians and extension of TPS. If this new petition receives 100,000 signatures, it will require an official response from the White House.
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Haitian legislator, US group urge Trump to renew TPS for Haitians
February 26, 2017
NEW YORK (CMC) — A Haitian legislator and a community-based group have launched a petition urging United States President Donald Trump and the US Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living illegally in the United States
In the petition released on Saturday, New York City Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, who represents the 40th Council District in Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn-based Haitian-American Council for Unity and Empowerment (HACUE) outlined the challenges facing Haiti including the cholera outbreak, the devastation from multiple natural disasters and efforts to stabilize government institutions.
“We, the undersigned, request that the President of the United States and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, hereby extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti as a humanitarian gesture that will alleviate the country’s socioeconomic burden and ease its recovery,” the petition noted.
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