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Take Action: Join Effort to Support TPS for Haitians

As many as 50, 0000 Haitians who have been living legally in the United States for the past seven years could be deported to Haiti if the Trump Administrations does not extend TPS for them before the expiration date in July. Take Action Today: Urge Congress and DHS to keep families together and protect Haitians by extending TPS for at least another 18 months. Faith Leaders and Faith-based Organizations: Make your voice heard and sign this letter to call on the United States to uphold its commitment and protect Haitian families. Take Action for Haitians Facing Deportation For Faith Leaders: Haiti TPS Extension Faith Orgs/Leaders Letter

Sixteen Democratic Senators Write Secretaries Rex Tillerson and John Kelly Urging them to Extend TPS for 50,00 Haitians 

On July 22, 2017, as many as 50, 000 Haitians could be sent back to their earthquake-ridden country if the Trump administration fails to take action to extend Temporary Protected Status for them.  Sixteen democratic senators, including, the Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Diane Feinstein and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick J. Leahy wrote Secretaries John Kelly and Rex Tillerson urging them to extend TPS for Haitians who have been living legally in the United States for the past seven years. The Senators pointed out in their letter that the situation in Haiti has not improved enough to end TPS for Haitian nationals. They wrote: In light of continued difficult conditions in Haiti, we request that you extend the existing Temporary Protected Statu s (TPS) for certain Haitian nationals currently living in the United States, […]

Boston Globe Calling on President Trump to Keep His Word by Extending TPS for Haitians

U.S. newspapers continue to press on the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50, 000 Haitians who are living  in the United States legally. In its April 24 editorial, the Boston Globe calls on President Donald Trump to keep his words. Last fall during a campaign rally in Miami’s Little Haiti, then candidate Trump told Haitian-Americans that he wanted “to be their biggest champion” whether they voted for him or not. Additionally, the Boston Globe countered the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, James McCament’s report in which he stated that “things have improved enough in Haiti to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.” The paper reminded Mr. McCament that “Conditions have not improved — if anything, the situation is more dire.” As many news outlets already did, the Boston Globe urged the Department of Homeland […]

Extending Temporary Protected Status for over 50,000 Is the Right Thing to Do

Several U.S. newspapers are calling on the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to show compassion by extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 50, 000 Haitians who have been living in the United States legally. The editorial boards of those papers argued that sending thousands of Haitians back to Haiti, an earthquake-ravaged country, will be a “travesty.” They also pointed out that thousands of Haitians are still calling shelters and makeshift tents their homes seven years after the earthquake devastated the western part of the country. Finally, they added that thousands of Haitians are still battling the curable cholera epidemic introduced by United Nations peacekeepers soon after the Jan. 10 earthquake. Read the full article HERE. Let them stay: U.S. must show compassion to threatened Haitians Editorial, New York Daily News April 22, 2017 When an earthquake […]

Trump Administration May Deport 50, 000 Haitians By Next January

This is despite lawmakers from both parties writing Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status for over 50, 000 Haitians who are legally living in the United States. Secretary Kelly is contemplating this move based on the report written by the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, James McCament in which he stated that things have improved enough in Haiti to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. It is important to point out that over half a million Haitians are still calling shelters and makeshift tents their homes seven years after the earthquake ravaged the western part of the country. In addition, thousands of Haitians are still battling the curable cholera epidemic introduced by United Nations peacekeepers right after the Jan. 10 earthquake. Read the original article HERE. The United States may be about […]

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 […]

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