Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Thousands of Haitians Are Living under Fear As the Deadline for TPS Extension Looms

More than 50,000 Haitians could possibly be sent back to a country still recovering from a series of natural disasters. Lawmakers from both parties, U.S. newspapers and human rights and faith-based organizations are calling on President Donald Trump to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for those Haitian nationals who have been living legally in the United States for the past seven years. According to reports the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly is expected to make a final decision regarding the TPS extension in the next coming two weeks. We encourage you to call your representatives and senators and tell them to support TPS extension for Haitians. Contrary to the USCIS acting director U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services James McCament stated in his report, things have not improved enough in Haiti for the U.S. to end TPS for Haitians.  That is why lawmakers, media, human rights and faith groups asking President Trump to show compassion by extending “America’s welcome once again to Haitians.”

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50,000 Haitians face being deported by Trump back to country still reeling from natural disasters

By Andrew Buncombe, Independent

May 1, 2017

The proposal has been criticised by Democrats and Republicans alike

More than 50,000 Haitians are at risk of being deported to a country still reeling from a series of natural disasters, after Donald Trump’s immigration agency recommended ending their temporary right to live in the US.

Up to 55,000 Haitians are living in America under so-called temporary protected status (TPS), initially granted to them after the 2010 earthquake, that killed an estimated 150,000 people.

The status has been updated every 18 months, as Haiti has confronted the challenges of a cholera epidemic triggered by UN peacekeepers, a sexual abuse scandal involving those peacekeepers and political uncertainty following the postponing of elections that eventually saw Jovenel Moïse become president.

But James McCament, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, has recommended Mr Trump end their starus. He said there should be a temporary, six-month extension to allow a period of “orderly transition” but that people should then return.

The revelation, first reported by the Miami Herald, has triggered intense concern among the Haitian community in the US, and their supporters.

“Anxiety is extremely high. They are calling me and asking me what they should do,” Emmanuel Depas, a former president of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York, told The Independent.

“The temporary status is not necessarily a path to a green card, but it gives people the right to work here.”

Campaigners said the threat of deportation could result in the splitting up of families, if the parents of children born in the US were forced to leave. Others have questioned whether Haiti, where more than 1,000 people were killed last October by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to make landfall there since 1964, is able to handle the return of so many people.

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