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Financial Hardship Leads a Haitian TPS-Holder Comitting Suicide Says Brooklyn City Council Member

Haiti TPSA Haitian TPS-holder in New York took his own life in the midst of financial hardship.He left behind his disabled mother and two siblings who are also TPS beneficiaries.  The grieving mother sought out TPS renewal after her son died. The late young man  attended high school in New York and committed suicide after he was unable to acquire money needed to renew his TPS status. Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates urge the U.S govt to extend TPS for at least 18 months for Haiti.

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Eugene seeks support for mother of TPS beneficiary who committed suicide

Nelson A. King, Caribbean Life 

July 27, 2017

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he is seeking support for the mother of a Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiary who took his own life on June 11.

Eugene, who represents the 40th Council District in Brooklyn, said the unidentified mother, a disabled woman who is raising three children, “recently lost her son to suicide triggered in part by financial hardship that is expected to worsen with the end of TPS.

“Her son, who could not afford to attend his high school graduation and could not pay for TPS, pursued a number of employment opportunities to assist his family,” said Eugene, the first Haitian to be elected to New York City Council. “In the end, however, the emotional toll of being a financial burden to his parents was too much for him to handle.

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