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Save TPS: Haitian Activists and Immigration Lawyers Say the Fight Goes on

Haitian Americans and Immigration lawyers vow to continue to fight to save Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals. The DHS-six-month TPS extension has done nothing than to terrify Haitian TPS-holders. They are worried about what is going to happen to them and their family after Jan. 22, 2018. They are living under fear. Fear of being deported to a land that is unsafe and unsuitable for them and their families. Marleine Bastien, the director of Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami (Haitian Women of Miami) gave them hope. At a town hall meeting attended by IJDH’s Immigration Policy Coordinator Steve Forester in Little Haiti–Miami, FL, Bastien encouraged his fellow Haitians to be hopeful. She reminds them that Haitians have fought for every little gain since they arrived in this country. She told them that the fight for TPS is not over.  “Since we’ve been here in the ’70s, early ’80s, […]

Haitian Officials Discuss TPS Extension With DHS Sec. John Kelly During His Trip

Secretary John Kelly declined to commit to extending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to more than 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. during his short visit to Haiti on Wednesday. During his visit, Kelly met with the Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, senior government officials, Head of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) Sandra Honoré and MINUSTAH Military Commander Brazilian Lt. Gen. Ajax Porto Pinheiro. Kelly’s visit came after his agency decided to only extend TPS for six months for Haitian nationals instead of the usual 18 months. This decision left Haitian TPS-holders wondering what is next for them after Jan. 2018.  U.S. lawmakers, Haitians and immigration advocates, who wanted the status to be extended for 18 months, were disappointed by this decision. Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS extension for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Read HERE the full article. […]

Cities Across the U.S. Await Looming TPS Decision

Nearly 60,000 Haitian nationals have been legally residing in the U.S. for the past seven years  could be deported if the Trump administration fails to renew Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. Haiti’s situation is still precarious. Failing to extend TPS for those Haitians will not only directly affect them and their families, but cities across the country would lose valuable members of the workforces and their communities. A wide range of advocacy groups, politicians, religious figures, doctors and unions have come out in support of TPS extension. Their reasons vary from humanitarian to practical reasons, but, despite some opposition, the message is clear: extend TPS for Haitians. Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension and its supporters, please visit our website. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. […]

Hundreds of Haitians Gather in Orlando Church to Plead for TPS Extension

Nearly 2,000 people gathered in Eglise Baptiste Philadelphie d’Orlando in hopes of pushing the Trump administration to extend TPS for the 58,000 Haitians living under the program’s protection. Organizers screened a clip of Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Little Haiti, at which he promised to be the Haitian people’s “greatest champion.” The Trump administration is expected to make a decision by next Tuesday, May 23. Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitians rally in Orlando as deadline to extend immigration protections nears Monivette Cordeiro, Orlando Weekly May 15, 2017 Almost 2,000 people crowded into the Eglise Baptiste Philadelphie d’Orlando church last weekend to demand that President Donald Trump expand immigration protections for Haitians who fear they may be deported. […]

Deporting Tens of Thousands of Haitians to Haiti Could Impede Progress

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has until May 22 to decide about TPS extension for Haitians, which would allow more than 50,000 Haitian nationals to remain legal residents in the U.S. As the date approaches, more leaders are coming forth to acknowledge the importance of allowing those Haitian nationals to stay; not only is it humane, given the current situation in Haiti, but it is also practical for the U.S. Over 4,300 TPS beneficiaries are currently living in Massachusetts and parts of New Hampshire. The Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Paul G. Altidor, has also expressed concerns about the implications of  deporting tens of thousands of Haitians to a country that cannot support them, including the increase of illegal and risky immigration back to the U.S. Things are improving in Haiti, he says, but slowly; an influx of 50,000 would destabilize Haiti and threaten […]

Republican Gov. Rick Scott Presses DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida urged Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for Haitians in a meeting on Thursday. DHS spokesman David Lapan noted that the secretary still hasn’t made a decision regarding extending TPS, which will allow over 50,000 Haitians to continue to live legally in the United States. Lapan said Sec. Kelly and Gov. Scott “did have a conversation about the program and the secretary listened to the Governor’s points about his desire for DHS to extend TPS.” The governor joins the growing bipartisan support for TPS extension, including Rep. Dan Donovan (R, NY), members of both Massachusetts‘ and New York’s congressional delegations, and 16 Senate Democrats.  Add your voice: Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Rick Scott asks […]

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