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

May 8, 2017 - 07:01

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 your voice: endorse this letter, which will be sent to both President Donald Trump and Secretary John Kelly (endorse HERE). Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians.

For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website.

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Will 50,000 Haitians Be Sent Home by the Trump Administration?

Brittney Fennell,  AP

MAY 8, 2017

By now, we’re all familiar with how the Trump administration feels about immigration. But soon, they’ll have to deal with another immigration issue, and no, we’re not talking about the infamous wall he wants to build on the border of Mexico and the United States.

After the devastating 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti and killed 300,000 people displacing more than 1.5 million, the Obama administration gave 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. temporary protected status.

What Temporary Protected Status does is allow Haitians to stay in the U.S. until conditions in their homeland improve. This is an 18-month protective immigration designation which was renewed three times by the Obama administration. The current Temporary Protected Status will expire on July 22 and the fate of 50,000 Haitians rests in the hands of Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly.

In April, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director, James McCament, recommended that Secretary Kelly not renew the designation because conditions in Haiti had improved. However, this past December, the USCIS’s report on the conditions of the country said they were experiencing housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats.

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James McCamenth’s Recommendation for Shortened TPS Contradicts Previous Report

May 5, 2017 - 08:02

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s current 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, which allows over 50,000 Haitians who have been residing legally in the United States, will expire on July 22. Last December, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that many problems continued in Haiti, including housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which made it unsuitable for Haitians to return to their earthquake-ridden country. The USCIS acting director James McCament’s recommendation that the U.S. government end TPS for thousands of Haitian nationals by next January is a departure from the agency’s previous stance. Extending TPS for those Haitians living in the U.S. in the past seven years is the right thing to do. As McCament’s predecessor, Leon Rodriguez, said, “…it usually is in the best interest of the U.S. to protect refugees.”

Add your voice: endorse this letter, which will be sent to both President Donald Trump and Secretary John Kelly (endorse HERE). Call your representatives and senators to urge them to support TPS for Haitians. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website.

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Haitians in U.S. Hopeful as Trump Administration Weighs Sending Them Home

Ben Remaly, NBC News

May 5, 2017

Farah Larrieux left Port-au-Prince, Haiti for Miramar, Florida years ago because she felt her homeland was “too small” for her dreams — hopes that are now in limbo as the Trump administration weighs whether to allow roughly 50,000 Haitians in the U.S. temporarily to remain.

The Trump administration must soon decide whether to renew “Temporary Protected Status” for at least 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. The Obama administration granted the protective immigration status following the devastating earthquake in 2010 that ravaged the island-nation, killing over 300,000 and displacing more than 1.5 million.

The designation allows Haitians to remain in the U.S. until conditions in their homeland improve. Without that status, thousands of Haitians may face returning to stark-conditions in Haiti.

The 18-month protective status has been renewed three times since it was originally granted by the Obama administration in 2010. The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services James McCament recommended in April that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly not fully extend the designation for Haitians living in America because he said conditions have significantly improved since the earthquake.

That status is now slated to expire on July 22.

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TPS Extension Is in Both Haitian and U.S. Interests

May 3, 2017 - 11:38

Marleine Bastien, the Executive Director of Haitian Women of Miami, discusses the importance of  extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 50,000 legally residing in the U.S. In December 2016, former Secretary of State John Kerry recommended that TPS be extended for Haitians due to continued instability in their home country. However, in what seems to be a drastic departure from this prior recommendation, the acting director of USCIS, James McCament, recently opined that circumstances in Haiti have improved and have not warranted the full extension of TPS. In reality, Haiti still has many obstacles to overcome in its path to recovery from the January 2010 Earthquake, including destruction from Hurricane Matthew, a deadly cholera epidemic and growing food and housing insecurity. Haiti will be unable to support 50,000 dislocated Haitians, and communities across the U.S., including Disney World and Little Haiti, FL, would suffer from the loss of many prominent and active community members.

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More calls for TPS extension here.

Up to 55,000 Haitians Face Deportation If Trump Refuses to Extend Temporary Protected Status

Democracy Now!

May 3, 2017

The Haitian-American community is now facing a looming deportation deadline. Up to 55,000 Haitians could be forcefully repatriated to their fragile, struggling homeland if the Trump administration refuses to extend a temporary protected status that has allowed them to legally reside and work in the U.S. after an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010. Haitians’ temporary protected status, or TPS, is set to expire on July 22. Immigrant rights advocates say Haiti is still reeling from Hurricane Matthew, which, in October 2016, destroyed the country’s southwest peninsula. The hurricane killed more than 1,000 people and decimated villages and farmland. Haiti is also suffering from a devastating cholera epidemic that erupted after the earthquake. For more, we speak with Marleine Bastien, executive director of Haitian Women of Miami.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re broadcasting from Tampa, Florida. The Sunshine State, particularly southern Florida, is home to a very large, vibrant Haitian population, with many living in the Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti. Well, the Haitian-American community is now facing a looming deportation deadline. Up to 55,000 Haitians could be forcefully repatriated to their fragile, struggling homeland if the Trump administration refuses to extend a temporary protected status that’s allowed them to legally reside and work in the U.S. after an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010. Haitians’ temporary protected status, known as TPS, is set to expire July 22nd.

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