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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 […]

USCIS Director Recommends Ending Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

For months, advocates and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have been urging extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was first granted in 2010 after an earthquake ravaged Haiti and it has been constantly extended since then since conditions in Haiti haven’t improved enough to send people back. Now, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services has recommended that the Secretary of Homeland Security not extend the TPS deadline. Continued advocacy is needed to make sure that this recommendation is not heeded! Part of the article is below. Read the full text here. Learn more about TPS and calls for extension. Trump immigration agency wants to kick 50,000 Haitians out of the USA Alan Gomez, USA Today April 20, 2017 President Trump’s immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians […]

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 […]

Haitians Fear for the Future as They Continue to Urge Immediate TPS Extension

Approximately 58,000 Haitians will be sent back to Haiti if their Temporary Protected Status, which was approved by President Obama after the 2010 earthquake, is not extended after its expiration in July. Haitians, their families, lawyers, politicians, and community members fear the devastating effects if TPS is not extended and they are required to return to a struggling Haiti. Tens of thousands of individuals will lose their jobs and be unable to send remittances back to their families. Additionally, returning to Haiti would create even more risks for these individuals and the country as a whole, which already faces a severe food shortage, cholera outbreak and lack of adequate shelter. Although TPS does not expire until July, lawyers warn that the changes need to happen immediately. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitians wonder if […]

12 Congresspeople Urge Trump Administration to Keep Haiti State Department Office

A bipartisan group of 12 lawmakers wrote to President Trump urging the administration to keep the State Department office dedicated to providing assistance to Haiti. This office has overseen $4.6 billion in humanitarian relief since it was created in 2010. The letter was spurred by the Trump administration’s current consideration of budget cuts to the State Department. Lawmakers urge Trump administration to keep Haiti office Kevin Freking, The Washington Post March 13, 2017 WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers asked the Trump administration on Monday to maintain an independent State Department office dedicated to assisting poverty-stricken Haiti even as it weighs major budget cuts for the department. The letter from a dozen lawmakers noted that Haiti has been struck by several natural and man-made disasters in recent years. A 2010 earthquake displaced more than 1 million Haitians and killed many thousands. […]

Political Leaders Urge Extension of TPS for Haitians

New York City Council Member Dr. Eugene, along with a Haitian community organization, have launched a petition to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. Originally granted in 2010 after the earthquake, TPS for Haitians is now set to expire July 22, 2017. Since last year, legislators like Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congressman Alcee Hastings have been urging a halt to deportations of undocumented Haitians and extension of TPS. If this new petition receives 100,000 signatures, it will require an official response from the White House. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian legislator, US group urge Trump to renew TPS for Haitians Jamaica Observer February 26, 2017 NEW YORK (CMC) — A Haitian legislator and a community-based group have launched a petition urging United States President Donald Trump and the US Department of Homeland […]

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