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U.S. Residents Under TPS Face Uncertainty as Deadline for Extension Approaches

What does life look like today for the tens of thousands of Haitians currently residing in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? The vast majority have resided in the U.S. for 7.5 to 15 years, and many have launched their own businesses, started families and created new lives; they overcame obstacles, such as the devastating earthquake, that initially rendered a return to Haiti dangerous and inhumane. However, the conditions in Haiti have not improved enough to warrant deportations, and the expiration of TPS would only exacerbate problems in Haiti. Haiti would lose an estimated $1.3 billion in annual remittances that are sent from U.S. residents back to family and friends. Additionally, many U.S.-born children would be forced to relocate to a country which they have never seen and in which they cannot speak the language. At this point, a return to Haiti would still be dangerous and inhumane, and TPS must be extended.

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Haitians fear protected status expiration will lead to deportations

Mike Clary, Sun Sentinel

April 23, 2017

In the dozen years she has lived in the U.S., Miramar resident Farah Larrieux has built a successful career as a bilingual television host and Haitian-American community activist.

Elizabeth Fabien, a former Pembroke Pines resident now living in Orlando, enjoys a comfortable life centered around her business as a financial planner.

And Jean — a Miami-Dade man who asked that his last name not be used because he fears immigration action against him — has put his professional career on hold to care for his two American-born children, ages 11 and 7. One child has special needs, and Jean is a stay-at-home dad.

But all three could soon find themselves uprooted from their American lives and back in their native Haiti if the Trump administration does not renew the special immigration status that has allowed about 50,000 Haitians to stay in the U.S. as their impoverished Caribbean nation coped with a devastating 2010 earthquake. It expires July 22.

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