Haitians should not lose TPS status

Haitians should not lose TPS status

Haitians should not lose TPS status

TPS status is meant to temporarily protect citizens of foreign countries from returning to unsafe areas hit by civil war, natural disasters or "other extraordinary and temporary conditions".

WASHINGTON ― Tens of thousands of Haitians who had already been granted temporary reprieve to stay in the US will be allowed to remain for an additional six months, but they should use that time to "get their affairs in order", a Trump administration official said Monday.

Haitian nationals were granted temporary protected status in the United States after a 2010 quake, and public health conditions and infrastructure in Haiti have further worsened after destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew and a cholera epidemic.

"It's very unfortunate that the federal government would take this position with the Haitian community - singling out the Haitian community", Walsh said as he marched in the annual Haitian parade yesterday in Mattapan. (Indeed the Haitian diaspora in the United States sends about $1 billion a year back to Haiti in remittances.) "It is in the mutual interest of our two governments to renew TPS for Haitians for at least another 18 months", the letter concludes. "This is an opportunity within the next six months", he said.

John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), must decide by May 23 whether the government will extend temporary protected status, or TPS, for Haitian immigrants. The judge rejected the claim that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said President Donald Trump can not set new conditions on spending approved by Congress. The decision affects more than 58,000 Haitians in the U.S.

She said Haiti "really is not able to sustain 50,000 people coming back in", in large part because of the prevalence of cholera. The program temporarily protects Haitians living in the US illegally.

Healey said her office would "continue to urge DHS to extend this status until Haiti, hard hit by natural disasters and public health crises, is able to support the return of these individuals and families now in MA and across the country".

For weeks, Haitians and their advocates have rallied for an eighteen-month extension, fearful that the Trump Administration would revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for their country in July, making it hard for them to continue living in the United States.

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"We'll have to use this time to fight", Sassine said.

"That order tried to take away all federal funding from sanctuary cities, and we can't trust this administration not to make good on its threats", he said. Immigration was a top campaign issue and one that's important to his political base.

First introduced in 1990, the TPS program provides humanitarian relief to nationals of countries coping with a severe conflict or natural disaster.

DHS denied that, telling VOA in an email at the time that "the secretary's decision will be based on a thorough assessment of the conditions in the country...." Instead of deciding on Haiti's fate on a case-by-case basis as senior officials said Monday, Haiti will now get lumped in with other countries whose citizens have their own unique stories and arguments for seeking TPS special protection.

The Haitian community, lawmakers and the Haitian government have urged the Trump administration to leave the protections in place because they say the country is still not ready to take back immigrants who have been living overseas.

Before the six months is up, the Department of Homeland Security said Kelly would re-evaluate the decision.

"I hope they help my parents and they keep me here", Bastien said before hearing that the TPS program had been extended. "If it's only six months, it is clear that their decision is to terminate it, which would be a disaster", she said.

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