Today 50,000 mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons won a reprieve from being deported to Haiti, where they would have faced extremely difficult conditions. The reprieve arrived via an announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians for another six months.
You made this victory happen through your support for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). But six months is not enough- TPS is typically extended for 18 months at a time, and it is unlikely that the crises in Haiti that justified TPS will be resolved that soon.
So we need you to help us build an even bigger movement for the next round.
The six-month extension is a victory for and by the Haitian community in the U.S. But it is also a victory for justice and against hate in the U.S. Terminating TPS for Haitians was a test case for the broader assault on immigrant’s rights. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) could not deny that Haiti still suffers from its crises. So it tried to justify its recommendation to terminate TPS by demonizing the Haitian-American community as criminals and welfare cheats. Right-wing media dutifully repeated these talking points.
This movement fought back against the powerful forces against us, and won. We won by insisting that our values include respect for the law and welcoming the TPS recipients who were working, raising families and contributing to their communities in the U.S. while finding shelter from the crises back home.
Your financial support for IJDH kept us on the front lines and in the back rooms of this fight. We helped generate a raft of editorials, and letters from members of Congress from both parties. IJDH provided organizations large and small with the information, legal analysis and strategy developed in over two decades of work for human rights in Haiti and fair treatment of Haitians in the U.S. IJDH’s scrappy team of interns, volunteers and staff worked tirelessly in public and behind the scenes to nurture the movement. IJDH board members spoke out as political leaders and medical professionals. And so many friends and supporters in the wonderful IJDH community called Congress or DHS, signed petitions, and wrote letters to the editor!
This victory is yours!
We will keep fighting until we win a full extension, for Haitians, and for justice and against hate in the U.S. By showing that demonizing communities and misapplying the law will not work against Haitians, we can and will set an example for other struggles to defend our values in the United States.
Today we won a victory, but we need to win more. You can ensure that this movement keeps marching forward. Would you make a gift today of $500, $100 or $50? We promise that your financial contribution will be put to use immediately for justice.