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Haitian TPS-Holders Anxiously Await Trump’s Upcoming Decision

Haitian TPS-holders which amount to as many as 58,000 in the United States are overwhelmed with fear as they await Trump’s next move. Last week 26 U.S. senators wrote secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson urging them to extend Temporary Protected Status  for ten countries, including Haiti. Haitian activists, U.S. lawmakers and immigration advocates continue to ask the Trump Administration to re-designate TPS for Haiti for least 18 months. Haiti has been rilled by a series of natural disasters in the past seven years. The country is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people and from last year’s Hurricane Mathew that devastated its southern peninsula killing thousands of people and destroyed livelihoods of farmers. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Full Article HERE Haitian Immigrants With Temporary Status Await Trump’s Next Move New […]

Save TPS: Immigration Advocates, Faith-Based and Humanitarian Groups Vow to Stay Mobilized

On May 22, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  Secretary John Kelly extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals for only six months instead of the usual 18 months. This was a disappointing decision and U.S. lawmakers, Haitian American community, immigration advocates and faith-based groups were dissatisfied and vowed to stay mobilized. DHS’ decision reflects poorly Haiti’s current conditions. It also fails to take into account the Haitian government’s direct request  to redesignate “TPS for at least 18 months” for Haiti. While the DHS’ decision is not a total victory, it does reflect the power of the advocacy groups such as Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) whose work on that front has broadened support for TPS extension. Visit our immigration page for more information about TPS extension. Read the full article HERE How Mobilization Won a Partial […]

This Is Why DHS Should Extend TPS for at Least 18 Months for Haitian Nationals

First, Haiti is far from recovering from a series of natural disasters like the Jan. 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew, as well as the preventable and curable cholera outbreak.  Hundreds of thousands were killed during the Jan. 2010 earthquake, thousands more wounded, and seven years after thousands of Haitians are still living in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) camp and calling makeshift tents and shellers their home. Last Oct., Hurricane Matthew devastated the most southern part of the country killed several hundreds, destroyed houses and the peasants’ livelihoods. Finally, but not least, the cholera outbreak  introduced by the United Nations peacekeeping soldiers has already killed over 10,000 Haitians and sickened thousands  more, and it has  not been put under control. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Read the entire letter HERE. Protected Status for Haitians The New York […]

Rep. Ted Deutch: DHS’s Six-Month TPS Extension “Leaves Haitian TPS-holders living in uncertainty”

The Representative of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, Ted Deutch lambasted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s six-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS ) extension for Haitian nationals in an Op-Ed published by the Miami Herald.  Deutch urged  Secretary John Kelly to reconsider his decision, which he wrote, “should be based on humanitarian considerations — not arbitrary deadlines.”  The congressman added that  the DHS’s decision has done nothing than creating  fear and  unsease amongst Haitian TPS-holders. “This [decision] leaves Haitian TPS-holders living in uncertainty about whether they will be separated from their families and communities,”  Deutch wrote referring to the DHS’s disappointing decision.  Seven years after a 7.0 earthquake flattened Haiti’s capital, thousands of people continue to call makeshift tents and shelters their homes, and  the cholera outbreak introduced by the United Nations peacekeeping soldiers has not been put under control after […]

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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