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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 […]

U.S. Government’s Criminal Investigation On Haitian Nationals Is Against Everything America Stands for

The criminal investigation launched by the Trump administration on Haitian nationals living in the United State for the past seven years is disheartening. This investigation has one goal, which is to dehumanize Haitians. It also stands against American values and all that the U.S. stands for. Steven Forester, the immigration policy coordinator with IJDH told Miami Herald’s Jacqueline Charles that the “criminal” inquiries are “a red herring” and may be the government’s way of trying to demonize Haitians. “The bipartisan support and merits of the argument for TPS…may mean that those who oppose any immigration at all may be grasping at straws,” he said. TPS is a special program designed to help people from countries that are temporary unable “to handle the return of its nationals adequately.” Haiti is one of the 13 countries that have been designated for TPS after the 2010 […]

Former and Current U.S. Officials Urging Sec John Kelly to Extend TPS for Haitian Nationals

The current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows Haitians to legally reside in the United States after the 2010 earthquake will expire on July 22, and the fate of over 50,000 Haitians rests in the hands of Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly.  Last April, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting Director James McCament recommended that the U.S. government end TPS for Haitian nationals. This recommendation is contradictory to the USCIS’s last December report that finds that the situation is still precarious in Haiti. The report also states that the country is still experiencing housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which makes “unsuitable” for Haitians current living in the U.S. to return to their home. Leon Rodriguez, McCament’s predecessor, said: “It’s in the best interest of the U.S. to protect refugees.” Add […]

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