Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States after the 2010 earthquake killed over 250,000 people and destroyed much of Port-au-Prince’s infrastructure. Even today, over 500,000 people are still living in tents since the earthquake. Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the southern peninsula of Haiti in October 2016, made the situation even worse and also exacerbated the cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers in 2010. Haiti is not equipped to handle the 58,000 people who would be forced to return if TPS is not renewed and besides severely destabilizing its close neighbor, the U.S. would lose countless social, economic and political contributions Haitians make to this country.
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Haitians still need protective status
Marleine Bastien, Miami Herald
April 11, 2017
In October 2016, Haiti was once again hit by a severe hurricane; this one left more than 700 dead and the entire Southern peninsula destroyed. From the wreckage arose food insecurity because of crop destruction, leading to severe malnutrition and further exacerbating the imported cholera outbreak that hit the country after the 2010 earthquake.
As the time for the renewal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) quickly approaches — July 22 — Haitian nationals living in the United States and their families are anxiously awaiting a decision from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It will take more than 90 days for their permits to be processed, and many are already losing their jobs.
It is in the United States’ national interest to extend TPS for another 24 months. If this country were to deport 58,000 people, it would severely destabilize Haiti and instantly cut off remittances to thousands of families who rely on them for survival.