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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 […]

Extending Haitians’ TPS is in U.S. Interests Too

Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States after the 2010 earthquake killed over 250,000 people and destroyed much of Port-au-Prince’s infrastructure. Even today, over 500,000 people are still living in tents since the earthquake. Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the southern peninsula of Haiti in October 2016, made the situation even worse and also exacerbated the cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers in 2010. Haiti is not equipped to handle the 58,000 people who would be forced to return if TPS is not renewed and besides severely destabilizing its close neighbor, the U.S. would lose countless social, economic and political contributions Haitians make to this country. Part of the article is below. Read the full article here. Haitians still need protective status Marleine Bastien, Miami Herald April 11, 2017 In October 2016, Haiti was once again hit by […]

US Senators & Reps Urge DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

U.S. Senators and Representatives from Florida wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly asking him to extend Haiti’s TPS designation when the current 18-month period expires on July 22. They emphasized Haiti’s continuing struggle to rebuild after the 2010 earthquake and 2016 Hurricane Matthew, as well as the cholera epidemic. Signatories include US Senators Rubio and Nelson and US Representatives Alcee Hastings, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Carlos Curbelo, Frederica Wilson, and Lois Frankel. Part of the letter is below. Read the full letter here. March 24, 2017 Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20016 Dear Secretary Kelly: We write to encourage you to exercise your authority under Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a) to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian […]

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. […]

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