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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 […]

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, […]

Extending Temporary Protected Status for over 50,000 Is the Right Thing to Do

Several U.S. newspapers are calling on the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to show compassion by extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 50, 000 Haitians who have been living in the United States legally. The editorial boards of those papers argued that sending thousands of Haitians back to Haiti, an earthquake-ravaged country, will be a “travesty.” They also pointed out that thousands of Haitians are still calling shelters and makeshift tents their homes seven years after the earthquake devastated the western part of the country. Finally, they added that thousands of Haitians are still battling the curable cholera epidemic introduced by United Nations peacekeepers soon after the Jan. 10 earthquake. Read the full article HERE. More calls for TPS extension here. Let them stay: U.S. must show compassion to threatened Haitians Editorial, New York Daily News April […]

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 […]

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 […]

32BJ SEIU Responds to USCIS’ Recommendation to End Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 20, 2017 Media contact:  Ana Tinsly, amtinsly@seiu32bj.org, 646-331-4765 32BJ SEIU RESPONDS TO USCIS’ RECOMMENDATION TO END TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR HAITIANS   (NEW YORK) On Thursday, April 20, 2017, as reported in USA Today, the USCIS has recommended that the US end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians by next January. The following response can be attributed to Hector Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU: “The USCIS’ recommendation to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians is unconscionable and oblivious to the dire conditions that exist in Haiti today. The country is still reeling from multiple disasters, including the 2010 earthquake that left tens of thousands homeless; a cholera epidemic; and Hurricane Mathew, a category 4 hurricane that cost Haiti $2.7 billion and left half a million children without safe drinking water. It flies in the face of reason […]

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