The Editorial Board of the Sun Sentinel joins Sunday’s editorial by Miami Herald, as well as letters from several Congresspersons urging the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. Haitians in the US were granted TPS in 2010 when an earthquake devastated the country, making it inhumane to send them back. Conditions in Haiti have worsened, with Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 leading to an ongoing food crisis, cholera brought by UN peacekeepers in 2010 still rampant, sexual abuse by the peacekeepers and general political instability. But the deadline for TPS is July 22 and there are no signs of whether the Trump administration plans to extend it again. Not only the Haitians with TPS but also their children who were born American and their families who are receiving remittances in Haiti are in an uncertain situation now. TPS should be extended ASAP.
Extend protection for Haitian immigrants | Editorial
Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel
April 18, 2017
Some 50,000 Haitians who have enjoyed a reprieve from deportation since 2010 are about to find out if President Donald Trump’s tough talk on immigration is sincere. No doubt they are hoping his campaign rhetoric on immigration is as constant as his stance on NATO, Russia, Chinese currency manipulation, Syria interest rates and globalism.
The Haitians in question had the good fortune to be in the United States when a massive earthquake struck the impoverished island nation on Jan. 12, 2010. In a humanitarian gesture, the Department of Homeland Security invited Haitians living in the U.S. to apply for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS in the department’s jargon.
The TPS program was invented to help people in precisely this set of circumstances, 18 months at a time.