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Both U.S. and Haiti Will Benefit from TPS Extension

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is expected to make a decision by Tuesday to extend Temporary Protected Status for nearly 60,000 Haitians have been residing in the U.S. in the past seven years. Those Haitians have become part of the communities where they live and the country’s workforce. They have worked,  paid their taxes and supported their loved ones back home. Haiti has been reeled by a series of natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, the cholera epidemic (which is still not under control), and the most recent one Hurricane Matthew that ruined the most southern part of the country last October. “The Haitian program is so important,” says Stephen Legomsky, a USCIS chief counsel during the Obama administration. Legomsky added, “There would be tremendous human hardship on a huge scale if thousands of people were to return to the country at […]

Cities Across the U.S. Await Looming TPS Decision

Nearly 60,000 Haitian nationals have been legally residing in the U.S. for the past seven years  could be deported if the Trump administration fails to renew Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. Haiti’s situation is still precarious. Failing to extend TPS for those Haitians will not only directly affect them and their families, but cities across the country would lose valuable members of the workforces and their communities. A wide range of advocacy groups, politicians, religious figures, doctors and unions have come out in support of TPS extension. Their reasons vary from humanitarian to practical reasons, but, despite some opposition, the message is clear: extend TPS for Haitians. Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension and its supporters, please visit our website. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. […]

Press Release: 330 Organizations and Community Leaders Urge TPS Extension

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), steveforester@aol.com, 786-877-6999 130 Organizations and 200 Individuals Urge Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation, Joining Bipartisan Political and Extensive Editorial and Religious Support (May 18, 2017) Today 330 organizations and persons serving the Haitian American community wrote President Trump, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, and Secretary of State Tillerson urging DHS to extend Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for another 18 months. “We concur with USCIS’s extremely detailed, 8-page single-spaced December 2016 review and assessment that the conditions warranting TPS for this group persist,” they wrote, noting bipartisan political and other support including powerful editorials by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, and New York Daily News. Incomplete earthquake recovery, an unchecked cholera epidemic introduced by UN […]

“Outstanding Student of the Year” Faces Deportation if TPS Expires

Cansery Goguette has been doing everything he can to secure a steady future; he’s been learning English for the past seven years, was recognized by the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education as its 2017 Outstanding Student of the Year, and is just one exam away from receiving his high school diploma. But Goguette, who fled Haiti after the 2010 earthquake left him and his sons homeless, faces deportation if his Temporary Protected Status expires. “If I go back to my country without my high school diploma, I can’t do anything,” Goguette told WCBV, “I want to stay to help my sons.” Goguette won’t just face unemployment if he’s deported, but a country that is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Matthew, as Reliefweb illustrates.   Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information […]

Hundreds of Haitians Gather in Orlando Church to Plead for TPS Extension

Nearly 2,000 people gathered in Eglise Baptiste Philadelphie d’Orlando in hopes of pushing the Trump administration to extend TPS for the 58,000 Haitians living under the program’s protection. Organizers screened a clip of Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Little Haiti, at which he promised to be the Haitian people’s “greatest champion.” The Trump administration is expected to make a decision by next Tuesday, May 23. Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitians rally in Orlando as deadline to extend immigration protections nears Monivette Cordeiro, Orlando Weekly May 15, 2017 Almost 2,000 people crowded into the Eglise Baptiste Philadelphie d’Orlando church last weekend to demand that President Donald Trump expand immigration protections for Haitians who fear they may be deported. […]

Deporting Tens of Thousands of Haitians to Haiti Could Impede Progress

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has until May 22 to decide about TPS extension for Haitians, which would allow more than 50,000 Haitian nationals to remain legal residents in the U.S. As the date approaches, more leaders are coming forth to acknowledge the importance of allowing those Haitian nationals to stay; not only is it humane, given the current situation in Haiti, but it is also practical for the U.S. Over 4,300 TPS beneficiaries are currently living in Massachusetts and parts of New Hampshire. The Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Paul G. Altidor, has also expressed concerns about the implications of  deporting tens of thousands of Haitians to a country that cannot support them, including the increase of illegal and risky immigration back to the U.S. Things are improving in Haiti, he says, but slowly; an influx of 50,000 would destabilize Haiti and threaten […]

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