Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

DHS Should Extend TPS for Haitians for 18 Months

DSC_1582About 50,000 Haitians who arrived in the US before January 12, 2011, one year after Haiti’s earthquake have TPS; most arrived years before it struck.  They work and have community ties including US-born children; their remittances support hundreds of thousands back in Haiti. After having regularly renewed Haiti’s TPS designation in successive 18-month increments, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in early 2017 threatened to end it, but a campaign in which IJDH played a key role won a grudging six-month extension, to January 22, 2018.

We are coordinating and participating in renewed efforts to stave off termination and win an 18 month extension: deportations to Haiti remain unsafe due to incomplete earthquake recovery, the unchecked cholera epidemic, and the ravages of Hurricane Matthew and Haiti can’t safely assimilate 50,000 new deportees nor replace their crucial remittances.

For up-to-date info on relevant conditions, see also ReliefWebUN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA); Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) Haiti page; Food Insecurity after Hurricane Matthew, and Cholera Accountability


Model Haiti TPS Resolutions to adapt: longer and shorter versions, quoting Donald Trump’s Sept 2016 comments on Haiti devastation and “greatest champion” promise

Legal Experts Request Extensions of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti and El Salvador,” November 20, 2017

Editorial: “Deporting 50,000 Haitians would hurt both Haiti and the United States,” Orlando Sentinel editorial board, November 17, 2017

“Ten members of Florida’s congressional delegation — U.S. Senators Nelson and Rubio joined by U.S. Reps. Deutch, Diaz-Balart, Curbelo, Frankel, Hastings, Ros-Lehtinen, Wasserman Schultz, and Frederica Wilson wrote Acting DHS Secretary Duke strongly urging a full 18-month extension of Haiti’s TPS designation,” November 17, 2017

“138 Organizations and Individuals Serving the Haitian American Community Urge President Trump to Extend Haiti’s TPS designation for 18 Months,” November 17, 2017

The National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON) Urges 18 Month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” November 15, 2017

Editorial: “Acting DHS chief should extend protections for Haitians,” Palm Beach Post editorial board, November 15, 2017

117 Haitian American Faith Leaders Request Redesignation and 18-Month Haiti TPS Extension,” November 16 2017

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Urges DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to protect Haitian TPS-holders,” November 14, 2017

41 Mayors of Major U.S. Cities Urge Secretaries Duke and Tillerson to extend Haiti’s TPS designation for 18 months,” November 10, 2017

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Passes Resolution Unanimously Urging 18-month Haiti TPS extension”, November 7, 2017

President Trump campaigned as Haiti’s greatest champion. Then Hurricane Matthew struck. 50,000 Haitians with TPS are counting on him to keep his promise.

Haiti’s Ongoing Road to Recovery: The Necessity of an Extension of Temporary Protected,” Report of the Committee on Migration, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 2017; Chairman Most Rev. Joe S. Vásquez’s cover letter, November 9

Editorial, “Let TPS recipients stay and give them a pathway to become permanent residents,” Miami Herald  editorial  board, November 7, 2017

Experts Call State Department’s Haiti TPS Assessment Divorced From Reality, November 6

All 49 Congressional Black Caucus members urge DHS Acting Secretary Duke to extend Haiti’s TPS designation, November 3, 2017

Op-Ed, “The Time for TPS IS Now” by Cardinal Sean O’MalIey, Pilot, November 03, 2017

Protecting families, stabilizing the region: Why Temporary Protected Status is needed for Haiti”, 30-page CLINIC report and press release, November 2, 2017

US Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Booker, and Menendez Write Secretaries Tillerson and Duke Urging 18 Months’ Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” October 31, 2017

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Enable Haitian and Certain Other TPS Holders to Become Legal Permanent Residents,” October 31, 2017

US Rep. Mia Love Urges Acting DHS Secretary Duke to Extend Haiti TPS for 18 Months,” October 27, 2017

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Urges DHS to Extend TPS for Haitians and Others for Detailed Reasons Affecting U.S Economy,” October 26, 2017 October 26, 2017

Extraordinary Conditions: A Statutory Analysis of Haiti’s Qualification for TPS,” Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law, October 26, 2017 (37-page report); Clinic’s press release

Principal African-American Christian Communions’ Presidents Urge President Trump to Extend Haiti’s TPS Designation by 18 Months, October 24, 2017

U.S. Senators Markey, Warren and the Entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Write Secretaries Tillerson and Duke Urging 18-Month TPS Extension for Haiti,” October 19, 2017

Philadelphia City Council Urges 18-Month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation, October 19, 2017

Editorial, “Haitians still need protections from US,” Boston Globe editorial board, October 12, 2017

Haiti requests 18-month TPS extension from Trump administration,” Miami Herald, October 9, 2017; Haitian Ambassador Altidor’s letter to Acting DHS Secretary Duke

“Miami Date County Commission Unanimously Urges 18-Month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation, October 3, 2017

State Senator Campbell introduces Haiti TPS extension bill and writes Pres. Trump for third time seeking meeting,” October 19, 2017

“US Senators Rubio and Nelson and 8 US Reps from Florida Urge Acting DHS Secretary Duke to Extend Haiti’s TPS Designation for 18 Months,” September 18, 2017

Broward County Commission Adopts Resolution Urging 18-Month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” September 14, 2017

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Writes DHS Acting Secretary Duke Urging 18-month Extension of Haiti TPS,” August 24, 2017

“City of North Miami Unanimously Passes Resolution Urging 18-month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” August 22, 2017

US Rep. Carlos Curbelo seeks more permanent solution for Haitian families living under TPS,” Channel 10 (ABC affiliate), Miami, FL, August 14, 2017

Pour le renouvellement du TPS, le gouvernement [haïtien] mobilise la grosse artillerie…” par Robinson Alphonse, Le Nouvelliste 08 août, 2017

United States Conference of Mayors Adopts Resolution Urging 18-Month Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation,” June 26, 2017

Editorial board, “Mr. Trump, don’t send 50,000 Haitians back to a life of hardship,”  Washington Post, June 3, 2017 (reprinted as “Washington Post: White House shouldn’t end Haitians’ TPS,” Omaha World-Herald, June 6, 2017)

38 Humanitarian and Development Organizations Wrote to DHS Secretary John Kelly With a List of Places to Visit and Experts to see During His 4-Hour-Trip to Haiti, May 30, 2017

Six-month extension for Haitian TPS is not enough,” by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield,  Miami Herald, May 25, 2017

Editorial board, “Haitians should not lose TPS status,” Miami Herald, May 23, 2017

Senator Edward Markey Statement on DHS Decision to Extend Temporary Protected Status to Haitians,” May 22, 2017

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on the Extension of Haiti’s Temporary Protected, Status Designation,” May 22, 2017

AILA: Six-Month Extension of Protection for Haitians Is Not Enough,” May 22, 2017

Editorial board, ” Trump shows some heart: A gracious hand to Haitians,” New York Daily News, May 22, 2017

Trump made a promise to Haitian immigrants. Will he break it and deport them?,” by Karen Attiah, The Washington Post,  May 19, 2017

Editorial board, “An easy call on Haiti for Trump – just heed Florida’s advice,” Orlando Sentinel, May 19, 2017

Don’t split up Haitian families – Extend protected status in U.S.,” op-ed by SEIU Florida State Council President Monica Russo, Orlando Sentinel, May 19, 2017

“Five Senators Tell Secretary Kelly Extension of TPS for Eligible Haitians is the Only Humane Decision: As May 22 deadline approaches, Senators warn that DHS must keep its review within the bounds dictated by Congress,” press release and letter, May 19, and Politico Pro story, May 19, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin writes Secretaries Tillerson and Kelly urging Haiti TPS Extension, May 18, 2017

130 Organizations and 200 Individuals Serving Haitian Community Urge Extension of Haiti’s TPS Designation, May 18, 2017

Fla. lawmakers, humanitarian groups press Trump to renew TPS for Haitians,” Politico, May 17, 2017

14 U.S. Mayors/County Exec Issue Letter to Secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson Urging the Them to Extend TPS for Haitians, May 17, 2017

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Personally Urges DHS Sec. John Kelly to Extend Haiti TPS, May 17, 2017

35 refugee and humanitarian organizations write DHS Sec. John Kelly urging Haiti TPS renewal, and Rep. Ted Deutch and humanitarian experts discuss this, May 17, 2017

The City Council Just Took a Stand in Support of Boston’s Haitian Immigrants: They could be sent back unless Trump acts to protect them.Boston Daily, May 17, 2017

Over 550 physicians urge Haiti TPS extension, citing “dire public health circumstances,” May 16, 2017

MA leaders urge TPS extension, May 16, 2017

Editorial board, “The Trump administration is criminalizing Haitian refugees,” The Boston Globe, May 14, 2017

Rick Scott asks Trump administration to extend protection for Haitians,” Tampa Bay Times, May 12, 2017

A Harrowing Turning Point for Haitian Immigrants,” by Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker, May 12, 2017

Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders oppose Trump administration’s discriminatory targeting of Haitian refugees, May 11, 2017

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Urges Secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson to Extend Haiti TPS, May 11, 2017

Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Dan Donovan (R, NY) writes Secretaries Kelly and Tillerson urging Haiti TPS extension, May 11, 2017

Editorial board, “Hanging Haitians out to dry,” New York Daily News, May 10, 2017

Editorial board,”Extend protected status for eligible Haitians,” The Palm Beach Post, May 9, 2017

Broward County Commissioners wrote DHS Secretary John Kelly urging him to extend Haiti’s TPS designation,” May 9, 2017

“13 members of New York’s congressional delegation urge extension of TPS for Haitians,” May 5, 2017

“All eleven members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation wrote DHS Secretary Kelly urging him to extend TPS for Haiti for another 18 months,” May 4, 2017

“The President of Haiti and Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S. urge President Trump to extend TPS for Haitian nationals legally residing in the U.S.,” May 16 and May 8, 2017

L’administration Moïse-Lafontant «favorable au renouvellement du TPS,” Le Nouvellist, May 3, 2017

Congressional Black Caucus asks feds to show ‘compassion’ for Haitians in U.S.,” Miami Herald, May 2, 2017; 47 Congressional Black Caucus members urge DHS Secretary Kelly to extend Haiti TPS

“168 faith-based organizations and 248 faith leaders wrote DHS Secretary Kelly urging him to extend TPS for Haiti,” May 1, 2017

Editorial board, “Don’t Send 50,000 Back to Fragile Haiti,” New York Times, April 29, 2017

16 Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Schumer and Judiciary and Appropriations ranking members Feinstein and Leahy, wrote a joint letter urging Secretaries Kelly and Tillerson to extend TPS for Haiti, April 26, 2017

Editorial board, “Renew Protected Status for Haitians,” Boston Globe, April 24, 2017

“Florida State Senator Daphne Campbell called for extension of Haitian refugees’ emergency status,” April 24, 2017

NY Pols and Advocates Ask Trump to Let 50,000 Haitians Remain in the United States,” Observer,  April 24, 2017

Editorial board, “The United States may be about to inflict a massive hardship on Haiti,” The Washington Post, April 23, 2017

Haitians fear protected status expiration will lead to deportations,” Sun Sentinel, April 23, 2017 (story and video).

Editorial board, “Let them stay: U.S. must show compassion to threatened Haitians,” New York Daily News, April 22, 2017

Editorial board, “Extend protection for Haitian immigrants – Failing to extend protection for 50,000 Haitians would be disaster for them, their children and those back home,” Sun Sentinel, April 19, 2017

“MA Senator Ed Markey wrote to DHS Secretary Kelly urging extension of TPS,” April 18, 2017

“National Catholic leaders wrote to DHS Secretary Kelly urging an extension of Haiti’s TPS designation,” April 17, 2017

Editorial board, “Extend Temporary Protected Status for eligible Haitians,” Miami Herald, April 16, 2017

“The Municipal Council of the township of Irvington, NJ adopted a Resolution urging President Trump and DHS to extend TPS for at least 18 months,” April 11, 2017

“U.S. Senators Rubio and Nelson of Florida, joined by 8 U.S. Representatives from Florida (3 Republicans and 5 Democrats), wrote to DHS Secretary Kelly urging the extension of TPS for Haitians,” March 24, 2017

“Senators Schumer and Gillibrand of New York wrote to Secretary of State Tillerson and DHS Secretary Kelly urging an expedited extension of TPS for Haitians,” March 24, 2017

“Representative Mia Love wrote to the President urging extension of Haiti’s TPS designation,” March 14, 2017

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke proposed legislation to expand TPS for Haitians,” February 10, 2017

Detailed December 2016 USCIS Assessment that Conditions Warranting TPS Persist, and then U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry, in December 2016 recommendation that Haiti TPS be Extended when it Expires July 22

51 Florida groups and leaders wrote Hillary Clinton urging redesignating TPS and expanding HRFP, among other actions,” October 20, 2016

“Senator Bill Nelson co-sponsored a letter from 12 U.S. Senators urging TPS redesignation in light of Matthew,” October 13, 2016

U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson urged re-designation of TPS and expanding HFRP,” October 13, 2016

U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings wrote President Obama urging redesignation of TPS,” October 12, 2016

Editorial board, “Haiti’s New Catastrophe,” The New York Times. October 7, 2016

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