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DHS’ Six-Month TPS Extension Reflects Haiti’s Current Condition Poorly

Some U.S. lawmakers and  Haitian activists who had called for an extension of at least eighteen months expressed disappointment in the DHS’ announcement. “There’s just no way that in six months the nation of Haiti could absorb 60,000 of its people back,” said Florida Senator Bill Nelson, referring to DHS’s decision. FANM’s executive director Marleine Bastien told the Miami Herald “It’s not a victory to us, and certainly not to the families.” The the six-month extension is nothing than a failure of the U.S. government to recognize that Haiti’s current situation is precarious. More needs to done to ensure that Haitian nationals live a life that they deserve in the United States. We encourage all of you to continue to stand in solidarity with Haiti by urging President Donald Trump to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for at least 18 months. So we need your help to […]

James McCamenth’s Recommendation for Shortened TPS Contradicts Previous Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s current 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, which allows over 50,000 Haitians who have been residing legally in the United States, will expire on July 22. Last December, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that many problems continued in Haiti, including housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which made it unsuitable for Haitians to return to their earthquake-ridden country. The USCIS acting director James McCament’s recommendation that the U.S. government end TPS for thousands of Haitian nationals by next January is a departure from the agency’s previous stance. Extending TPS for those Haitians living in the U.S. in the past seven years is the right thing to do. As McCament’s predecessor, Leon Rodriguez, said, “…it usually is in the best interest of the U.S. to […]

50,000 Face Uncertain Futures in the US & Haiti as TPS Deadline Approaches

As Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians approaches its deadline for extension, fear and uncertainty have become daily realities for 50,000 Haitians legally residing in the U.S. TPS expiration would significantly affect communities both within the U.S. and in Haiti, where friends and families depend on remittances sent back from the U.S. As the New York Times stated, sending thousands of Haitian nationals back to Haiti could also worsen the already “desperate situation” in the country. Additionally, Haiti is still recovering from a recent hurricane that ruined the southern part of the country, a cholera outbreak and the devastating 2010 earthquake. The current situation in the country is still precarious. That is why U.S. lawmakers from both parties, newspapers and U.S. citizens continue to urge  the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for Haitians who have been living in the […]

Take Action: Join Effort to Support TPS for Haitians

As many as 50, 0000 Haitians who have been living legally in the United States for the past seven years could be deported to Haiti if the Trump Administrations does not extend TPS for them before the expiration date in July. Take Action Today: Urge Congress and DHS to keep families together and protect Haitians by extending TPS for at least another 18 months. Take Action for Haitians Facing Deportation For Faith Leaders: Haiti TPS Extension Faith Orgs/Leaders Letter

Sixteen Democratic Senators Write Secretaries Rex Tillerson and John Kelly Urging them to Extend TPS for 50,00 Haitians 

On July 22, 2017, as many as 50, 000 Haitians could be sent back to their earthquake-ridden country if the Trump administration fails to take action to extend Temporary Protected Status for them.  Sixteen democratic senators, including, the Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Diane Feinstein and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick J. Leahy wrote Secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson urging them to extend TPS for Haitians who have been living legally in the United States for the past seven years. The Senators pointed out in their letter that the situation in Haiti has not improved enough to end TPS for Haitian nationals. They wrote: In light of continued difficult conditions in Haiti, we request that you extend the existing Temporary Protected Statu s (TPS) for certain Haitian nationals currently living in the United States, […]

Boston Globe Calling on President Trump to Keep His Word by Extending TPS for Haitians

U.S. newspapers continue to press on the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50, 000 Haitians who are living  in the United States legally. In its April 24 editorial, the Boston Globe calls on President Donald Trump to keep his words. Last fall during a campaign rally in Miami’s Little Haiti, then candidate Trump told Haitian-Americans that he wanted “to be their biggest champion” whether they voted for him or not. Additionally, the Boston Globe countered the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, James McCament’s report in which he stated that “things have improved enough in Haiti to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.” The paper reminded Mr. McCament that “Conditions have not improved — if anything, the situation is more dire.” As many news outlets already did, the Boston Globe urged the Department of Homeland […]

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