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Thousands of Haitians Threatened with Deportation Hoping for 18-Month TPS Extension


On January 22, 2018, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians in the U.S. will expire . Haitian TPS recipients are anxiously awaiting on the Department of Homeland Security’s decision, which is expected to be made as early as next month. The Haitian government formally wrote the  Trump Administration to request an 18-month TPS extension for those Haitian TPS-holder. Haiti has been reeled by a series of natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, an uncontrolled cholera oubreak introduced by the United Nations soldiers and last year Hurricane Matthew and Hurricanes Irma, Maria that destroyed crops and made life harder for famers in the northern part of country.

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Haiti requests 18-month TPS extension from Trump administration

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

October 9, 2017

Haiti’s government has written to the Trump administration to formally ask for an 18-month extension of temporary protection from deportation for thousands of Haitians living in the United States.

The request, delivered Friday to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was written by the country’s ambassador to the United States, Paul Altidor, on behalf of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. It includes an invitation to acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke to visit Haiti before the decision next month on whether to extend the designation, called Temporary Protected Status or TPS, for nearly 60,000 Haitians.

TPS for Haitians is set to expire Jan. 22. A decision on extension is expected in November, possibly along with a decision on TPS for some Central Americans, who are also up for renewal.

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