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Haitian Advocates start 180 day countdown to extend TPS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status  (TPS) for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  Haitian activists and Haitian advocates started an 180 day countdown to push the trump administration to extend TPS and also continue to work with U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates urging Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for at least 18 months for Haiti. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website Read Full Article HERE Haitian advocates start 180-day countdown urging Trump administration to extend TPS Ayanna Runcie  Miami Herald A 10-year-old girl from Miami who could be deported from the U.S. if Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, isn’t extended for Haitians joined a campaign Monday to raise awareness of the issue. “I’m not afraid, but I have to be concerned about it,” Vanessa Joseph said […]

Haitian TPS-Holders Anxiously Await Trump’s Upcoming Decision

Haitian TPS-holders which amount to as many as 58,000 in the United States are overwhelmed with fear as they await Trump’s next move. Last week 26 U.S. senators wrote secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson urging them to extend Temporary Protected Status  for ten countries, including Haiti. Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates continue to ask the Trump Administration to re-designate TPS for Haiti for least 18 months. Haiti has been rilled by a series of natural disasters in the past seven years. The country is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people and from last year’s Hurricane Mathew that devastated its southern peninsula killing thousands of people and destroyed livelihoods of farmers. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Full Article HERE Haitian Immigrants With Temporary Status Await Trump’s Next Move New […]

The Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York Provides Free Clinical Service to Haitian-TPS Holders

Following the announcement of  Department of Homeland Security’s six-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extension for Haiti, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) has been holding free clinics in Flatbush, NY, to help Haitians renew their TPS. The Association has also assisted participants in finding Haitian Creole-speaking immigration attorneys statewide. Full Article HERE  Haitian Bar Association hosts clinics for those in danger of losing temporary protected status Rob Abruzzese, Brooklyn Daily Eagle  July 13, 2017 Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) have been hard at work this summer as they have held a pair of temporary protected status (TPS) renewal clinics in Flatbush this summer to help Haitian immigrants who are in danger of losing their status. The first of these events was held at the YMCA in Flatbush last month and another was held this past weekend at […]

Activists, Lawmakers Continue to Urge DHS Extend TPS for over 50, 000 Haitian Nationals

Over 50,000 Haitians who were granted  Temporary Protection Status (TPS) following the 2010 earthquake and have been living in the United States for the past seven years could be sent back to Haiti next January. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly extended TPS for Haitian nationals for six months instead of the usual 18 months which has not only caused fear, but further proves that Haiti  won’t be ready to welcome back haitians who were deported through TPS. We urge the DHS to extend TPS for Haitians for at least 18 months. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Full Article HERE Plea to Trump to Extend Haitian Temporary Protected Status Alan Warnick, NY Daily News  July 17, 2017  Q: I am here lawfully with Haitian Temporary Protected Status. I read that the Department of Homeland […]

Senators Gillibrand & Menendez, With 24 Senate Colleagues, Urge U.S. Dept. of State and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security To Extend Temporary Protected Status For Individuals From 10 TPS-Designated Countries.

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today with 24 Senate colleagues wrote to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging Secretaries Rex Tillerson and John Kelly to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of nationals currently residing in the United States. The TPS designation is a temporary benefit aimed at providing relief to foreign nationals in the United States and countries devastated by natural disasters, armed conflict, or other extraordinary conditions. Currently, there are over 320,000 TPS holders in the United States from 10 countries with deadlines set to expire at the end of the year and beginning of 2018. These countries include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. “We urge you to review each of the designations closely, taking into […]

Top U.S. Official Indicates Special Immigration Status for Millions May Terminate Soon

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) “will likely be determined by the courts.” He also indicated that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals “will likely end.” Last May, Mr. Kelly extended TPS for Haitians for six months instead of the usual 18 months.  For more information on TPS extension, please visit our WEBSITE Click HERE to read the full article. Top Trump official warns special immigration status may end soon for a million people FRANCO ORDOÑEZ, McClatchyDC July 12, 2017 WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump’s top immigration official warned Hispanic members of Congress Wednesday that over a million people living in the United States under a special protected status could soon be placed in line for deportation. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that […]

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