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Extending TPS is in the Best Interests of the U.S. and Haiti

On November 23, 2017, a decision is expected to be made regarding extending TPS for nearly 60,000 Haitians for an additional 18 months. These Haitian nationals have been granted the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. as Haiti continues to recover from a number of natural disasters since the 2010 earthquake and a cholera epidemic brought by UN Peacekeepers. Currently, Haiti is suffering from a food crisis, accessibility to clean water, and a loss in housing and infrastructure. To have thousands of Haitians return back to Haiti while the country is recovering and rebuilding can cause more harm than good. An end to TPS will create “a life-threatening humanitarian crisis” and will rip families apart. Read full report HERE

Experts Call State Department’s Haiti TPS Assessment Divorced From Reality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator,Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,, + (786)-877-6999 Brian Concannon Jr Executive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti , +(617) 652-0876 Experts Call State Department’s Haiti TPS Assessment Divorced From Reality (Boston, November 6,2017) — Experts on Haiti from the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti today called a reported rosy assessment of conditions in Haiti from Secretary of State Tillerson at odds with the facts on the ground. The Washington Post reported Friday that Sec. Tillerson sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stating that conditions in Haiti and Central America no longer warrant Temporary Protected Status (TPS). DHS must announce its decision on TPS renewal for Haiti by November 23. “The fact that Haiti still suffers from recent extraordinary and temporary conditions […]

Report Shows Haiti Warrants TPS Extension

The 2010 earthquake that nearly destroyed Haiti and resulted in debilitating effects led the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to thousands of Haitians. Haiti began to make strides in its efforts to recover from the earthquake, when it was once again ravaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The storm was the most powerful hurricane to hit Haiti in over a century and drastically impaired the its southern peninsula. In addition to these natural disasters, the country is dealing with an uncontrolled cholera epidemic that was introduced by United Nations peacekeeping soldiers. Taking all of this into account, it is obviously clear that the “conditions that led DHS to designate Haiti for TPS continue to exist” and in fact, have worsened. Therefore, “it is in the best interest not only of Haiti, but also the United […]

Press Release: Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE October 26, 2017, 12:01 EDT Extraordinary Conditions in Haiti Make Deporting Thousands from the U.S. Unsafe New Report Urges 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians (New York, October 26, 2017)— Haiti is not currently able to safely accommodate the return of thousands of Haitians in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), according to Extraordinary Conditions: A Statutory Analysis of Haiti’s Qualifications for TPS, a report released today by the Global Justice Clinic at New York University (NYU) School of Law. The report describes extraordinary conditions that persist in Haiti—including the impact of cholera, which continues to sicken and kill Haitian people, homelessness caused by natural disasters, and a spike in extreme hunger—that prevent the country from safely welcoming the 50,000 TPS holders and their families currently living in the United States. The report comes at a critical time. The Department […]

Haiti Is Not Ready To Take In 58,000 Unemployed Haitians

Since the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. government has granted 58,000 Haitians the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This could be terminated by next month. U.S. lawmakers from both parties, immigration advocates and church leaders urge the current administration to extend TPS for 18 months to allow Haitian TPS-holders to continue to live and work in the U.S. The country has been struggling to recover from several natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, an uncontrolled cholera epidemic and last year’s Hurricane Matthew that flattened the southern part of the country. Haiti is in no position to absorb and care for 58,000 Haitians. Read full article HERE Haitians still need protections from US Boston Globe October 12, 2017 Could the Trump administration, fresh from its disgraceful decision to revoke the program that kept young immigrants […]

Miami-Dade Commissioners Urging 18-month TPS for Haitian Nationals

As November approaches, 24,000 Haitians recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) living in Miami, FL are worried about the Department of Homeland Security’s next TPS decision. Their native country, Haiti, has reeled by a series of natural disasters, including an uncontrolled cholera epidemic that was introduced into the country by the United Nations soldiers right after the 2010 earthquake. These unfortunate events have made it difficult for them to return to Haiti.  The Miami-Dade Commissioners are strongly supporting 18-month  TPS extension and urging Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Senators Marco Rubio and Senator Bill Nelson to appeal to President Donald Trump to extend TPS for   58,000 in the United States. Read full article HERE Miami-Dade Commissioners Ask Trump Not to Deport 24,000 Haitians Isabella Vi Gomes, Miami New Times October 13, 2017 For seven years, thousands of Haitians in Miami have dodged deportation […]

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