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Former and Current U.S. Officials Urging Sec John Kelly to Extend TPS for Haitian Nationals

The current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows Haitians to legally reside in the United States after the 2010 earthquake will expire on July 22, and the fate of over 50,000 Haitians rests in the hands of Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly.  Last April, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting Director James McCament recommended that the U.S. government end TPS for Haitian nationals. This recommendation is contradictory to the USCIS’s last December report that finds that the situation is still precarious in Haiti. The report also states that the country is still experiencing housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which makes “unsuitable” for Haitians current living in the U.S. to return to their home. Leon Rodriguez, McCament’s predecessor, said: “It’s in the best interest of the U.S. to protect refugees.”

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Will 50,000 Haitians Be Sent Home by the Trump Administration?

Brittney Fennell,  AP

May 8, 2017

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By now, we’re all familiar with how the Trump administration feels about immigration. But soon, they’ll have to deal with another immigration issue, and no, we’re not talking about the infamous wall he wants to build on the border of Mexico and the United States.

After the devastating 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti and killed 300,000 people displacing more than 1.5 million, the Obama administration gave 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. temporary protected status.

What Temporary Protected Status does is allow Haitians to stay in the U.S. until conditions in their homeland improve. This is an 18-month protective immigration designation which was renewed three times by the Obama administration. The current Temporary Protected Status will expire on July 22 and the fate of 50,000 Haitians rests in the hands of Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly.

In April, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director, James McCament, recommended that Secretary Kelly not renew the designation because conditions in Haiti had improved. However, this past December, the USCIS’s report on the conditions of the country said they were experiencing housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats.

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