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Fears that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may not extend Haiti’s TPS designation beyond its current January 22, 2018 expiration date have prompted an increasing number of Haitians to take their chances by crossing illegally into Canada. IJDH and allies nationally are fighting hard to get DHS, which will announce its decision by November 23 (60 days before January 22), to extend TPS again, and there is a good chance of success. Illegal flight into Canada is therefore premature; it also invites arrest and detention and risks being denied asylum, deported, and separated from one’s children and/or other family members. This subsection compiles media reports on this recent phenomenon.  See also “DHS Should Extend TPS for Haitians for 18 months.”

Who is encouraging Haitians to cross the border? Canada wants to know,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, August 27, 2017

Canada government giving migrants ‘false hope’BBC, August 24, 2017

“‘False refugees,’really?By Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, Le Devoir, August 22, 2017

Migrants with no status in the U.S. battle anxiety as they await Trump’s next move,” By Evan Dyer, CBC News,  August 21, 2017

Haitian-Canadian MP headed to Miami to try to address would-be asylum seekers,” By Stephanie Levitz, The Toronto Star, August 21, 2017

Eugene discusses TPS refugee crisis with Canadian officials,” by Nelson A. King, August 20, 2017

Fearing Trump deportation, Haitians head to Canada and risk dividing their families,” by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, August 19, 2017

Canada sees ‘unprecedented’ surge in asylum seekers, butWhy Haitians are leaving the US,” by Madison Park, CNN, August 18, 2017

Haitians risk arrest in Canada for a better life,” by Nelson A. King, Caribbean Life, August 17, 2017

NYC councillor in Montreal to gather information for Haitian asylum seekers fleeing U.S.,” by Elysha Enos, CBC News, August 15, 2017

Haitians chasing false promises flee from United States to Canada,” by Ben Gittleson, CBC News, August 14, 2014

For Haitians in U.S, the road to refuge runs straight to Canada— and arrest“, by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, August 12,2017

Canada builds Haitian refugee border camp but processing may lead to months of legal limbo” by Clark Mindock, The Independent, August 11, 2017

As Canada Takes in Haitian Asylum-seekers, Uncertainty Persists, VOA, August 11, 2017

Canada’s Army Builds Tent Camp For Haitian Asylum-Seekers Arriving From U.S.,” by Camila Domonoske, NPR, August 10, 2017

Quebec border camp swells with asylum seekers from U.S., many Haitian,” by Anna Mehler Paperny, Reuters, August 10, 2017

News this week: Will Canada make room for refugees?” BBC August 10, 2017

Canada military builds refugee camp for refugees from US,BBC, August 9, 2017

Why a visit from the Haitian government has Quebec immigration lawyers worried,” by Benjamin Shingler, CBC News, August 09, 2017

Haitians join other refugee groups in fleeing to Canada,” by D. Parvaz, Think Progress, August 08, 2017

Hundreds of Haitians travel to Clinton County to flee the U.S., seek asylum in Quebec“, by Zach Hirsch, NCPR,  August 07, 2017

Hundreds gather outside Olympic Stadium in support of refugees,” by Matt Grillo, Global News, August 6, 2017

Why are thousands of Haitians streaming into Canada from the U.S.?,” by Verity Stevenson, CBC News, August 3, 2017

Canada asylum seekers housed at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium,” Associated Press, republished by Telegraph, August 3, 2017

Asylum seekers flee U.S. for Quebec, fearing their temporary permits will expire,” by Alan Freeman, Washington Post,  August 3, 2017

Montreal turns stadium into welcome centre for asylum seekers from US,” by Ashifa Kassam, Guardian, August 2, 2017

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