Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

28,000 Haitians in U.S. Seek Protected Status

By ELIZABETH LLORENTE, The Record More than 28,000 Haitians living in the United States, including more than 800 in New Jersey, have applied for protection from deportation since January, immigration officials say. The Obama administration suspended deportations of Haitians who had been in the U.S. by Jan. 12, when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a few days after the earthquake that undocumented Haitians would be eligible to apply for an immigration benefit known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, which allows those who receive it to live and work here for up to 18 months. Immigration officials say that each week thousands of new applications have come in. The current number of 28,389 Haitian TPS applications nationwide includes more than 6,000 processed in the last week alone, […]

28,000 Haitians in U.S.seek protected status

BY ELIZABETH LLORENTE The Record STAFF WRITER More than 28,000 Haitians living in the United States, including more than 800 in New Jersey, have applied for protection from deportation since January, immigration officials say.The Obama administration suspended deportations of Haitians who had been in the U.S. by Jan. 12, when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a few days after the earthquake that undocumented Haitians would be eligible to apply for an immigration benefit known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, which allows those who receive it to live and work here for up to 18 months. Immigration officials say that each week thousands of new applications have come in. The current number of 28,389 Haitian TPS applications nationwide includes more than 6,000 processed in the last week alone, […]

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