Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

U.S. Residents Under TPS Face Uncertainty as Deadline for Extension Approaches

What does life look like today for the tens of thousands of Haitians currently residing in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? The vast majority have resided in the U.S. for 7.5 to 15 years, and many have launched their own businesses, started families and created new lives; they overcame obstacles, such as the devastating earthquake, that initially rendered a return to Haiti dangerous and inhumane. However, the conditions in Haiti have not improved enough to warrant deportations, and the expiration of TPS would only exacerbate problems in Haiti. Haiti would lose an estimated $1.3 billion in annual remittances that are sent from U.S. residents back to family and friends. Additionally, many U.S.-born children would be forced to relocate to a country which they have never seen and in which they cannot speak the language. At this point, a return to Haiti would still be […]

AILA Gravely Concerned by Reports that USCIS Recommends Ending Protections for Haitian Nationals

April 21, 2017 CONTACTS: George Tzamaras 202-507-7649 gtzamaras@aila.org Belle Woods 202-507-7675 bwoods@aila.org WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) expressed grave concern regarding reports that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is recommending that the United States end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals in January 2018. AILA President William A. Stock stated, “In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake’s devastating impact on Haitian infrastructure, the U.S. government offered temporary relief to Haitian nationals while they worked to rebuild their country. Since then, the country has continued to be ravaged by disease and political instability, which have been exacerbated by limited access to potable water, food, and medical services, and a lack of adequate housing. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, further damaging the already fragile island nation. It is impossible to reconcile the […]

Allowing TPS Expiration for Haitians May Signal Future of Trump Administration

Recent recommendations from the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to end TPS by January have shocked many who understand the instability that still affects tens of thousands in Haiti. Currently, +40,000 Haitians live in makeshift shelter or tents, the country is recovering from damage to much of its infrastructure, and the southern regions suffer from a severe food and housing shortage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. After visiting Haiti and seeing the situation there, politicians have urged President Trump and DHS Secretary Kelly to renew TPS. However, many now fear that these warnings will go unheeded by the Trump administration as it approaches the July 22 deadline for extension. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Tens of thousands of Haitians could be sent back to Haiti if Trump agency has its way Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald […]

Haitian Migrants Running Out of Options in Mexico

This article follows volunteer Hugo Castro in Tijuana as he orders and then brings supplies to a shelter there and finds out that all but one of the Haitian migrants living there have left. Apparently, the Mexican government is no longer funding the shelters and as they now rely solely on volunteers and donations, the Pastor heading this particular shelter has asked the migrants to leave. Castro is frustrated, knowing that the migrants have limited alternatives for shelter. He ultimately delivers his carload of supplies to a few other shelters still open in downtown Tijuana. The situation is bleak for the Haitians who travelled miles and miles, often through dangerous areas, to reach the U.S. border before the U.S. decided to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. Castro emphasizes that it is up to the people, not political leaders, to effect […]

Haitian Communities’ Stress Mounts as TPS Deadline Approaches

After the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. because the conditions in Haiti were too poor to accommodate them. Ever since then, the deadline has been extended every 18 months but now, major uncertainty looms over how the Trump administration will deal with TPS. Will they allow Haitians a more permanent path to staying in the U.S. as has been recommended by a Federal court in San Francisco, will they extend TPS for Haitians or will they end TPS altogether? Some Haitians are even being denied jobs due to the fear that their work permits will expire this summer. The continued suffering and hunger after the October 2016 Hurricane Matthew demonstrates that Haiti is still ill-equipped to handle a large influx of people. Haitians living in the U.S. are able to send remittances back […]

Webinar on Haitian Asylum Claims

Join IJDH, CGRS Hastings, and Harvard Law’s Immigration Clinic for a webinar on Haitian asylum claims. This webinar is geared towards lawyers but anyone interested in helping is welcome to join. If the webinar is at capacity when you try to join, don’t worry – we will send the recording to registrants afterwards. Register here.

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