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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 […]

Significant Losses to U.S. Taxpayers & GDP if TPS for Haitians Not Extended, Report Finds

A recent report by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center finds there will be significant economic repercussions within the U.S. if Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is not extended for Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras. Haiti’s TPS designation is the first of the three countries set to expire in July, if DHS does not grant an extension, and 46,558 Haitians currently residing in the U.S. under this status would face deportation. The report shows that allowing Haiti’s TPS to expire would reduce U.S. GDP by $2.8 billion over a decade and cost taxpayers $468 million to enforce the deportations. Below is the Executive Summary of the report. Click HERE for the original report. Economic Contributions by Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian TPS Holders: The Cost to Taxpayers, GDP, and Businesses of Ending TPS Amanda Baran and Jose Magaña-Salgado with Tom K. Wong, Immigrant Legal Resource Center April 2017 I. Executive Summary In […]

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 TPS for Haitians Should be a Clear “Yes”

The Editorial Board of the Sun Sentinel joins Sunday’s editorial by Miami Herald, as well as letters from several Congresspersons urging the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. Haitians in the US were granted TPS in 2010 when an earthquake devastated the country, making it inhumane to send them back. Conditions in Haiti have worsened, with Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 leading to an ongoing food crisis, cholera brought by UN peacekeepers in 2010 still rampant, sexual abuse by the peacekeepers and general political instability. But the deadline for TPS is July 22 and there are no signs of whether the Trump administration plans to extend it again. Not only the Haitians with TPS but also their children who were born American and their families who are receiving remittances in Haiti are in an uncertain situation now. TPS should be […]

Miami Herald Urges Extension of TPS for Haitians

The Miami Herald Editorial Board is joining in calls for the United States to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was first granted for Haitians on January 15, 2010, following the deadly earthquake of January 12. It has been extended continuously ever since but now the expiration date of July 22 is fast approaching with no indication of what will happen next and over 50,000 Haitians at risk of deportation if TPS isn’t extended. Haiti is still reeling from Hurricane Matthew, the UN cholera epidemic and even remaining damage from the 2010 earthquake. The government is in no position to handle deportees. There has been a bipartisan effort to extend TPS with letters signed by: Senators Nelson, Rubio, Schumer and Gillibrand; and Representatives Curbelo, Deutch, Diaz-Balart, Frankel, Hastings, Love, Ros-Lehtinen, Wasserman Schultz and Wilson. Part of the editorial is […]

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