Homeland Security Secretary Extends Protections for Haitians for 6 Months

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Pushing Feds to Let 50000 Haitians Remain in the Country

The TPS allows the Haitians to remain in the United States past the expiration of their visas and work legally.

"After careful review of the current conditions in Haiti and conversations with the Haitian government, I have made a decision to extend the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for a limited period of six-months", said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The designation grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work in the United States and apply for travel authorization overseas.

"This is temporary status, it's not supposed to be permanent".

Haiti's TPS designation expires in July of this year, which means that Haitians with this status may be deported from the U.S. For months now, various stakeholders have been pressing DHS to renew the designation, citing disruptions in the lives of Haitians who are settled in the United States, and risky conditions in Haiti exacerbated by a 2016 hurricane and a cholera epidemic started by United Nations peacekeepers in 2010. They also note that the USA government has resumed deportations to Haiti of people who came after the deadline date for protected status and have since lost their cases in immigration courts.

Compared with the political attention that immigrants receive, there's not much public debate about foreign nationals covered under TPS. After a 60-day period, Haitians under the status will be given new work authorizations valid until January.

The Trump administration seems to be skeptical of that handling, saying it's no longer going to extend designations as a routine matter.

The DHS officials said that while the TPS status will be extended until Jan 22, 2018, recipients should get their affairs in order, including getting travel documentation from their government.

DHS officials vehemently denied the allegations, saying decisions about TPS were based exclusively on conditions on the ground in Haiti as set forth by statute. "So it doesn't only impact the Haitian people who are on protected status, but our community". "It can't continue in perpetuity".




The decision to extend the program was in the hands of John F. Kelly, Trump's secretary of Homeland Security. The extension was based on continuing poor conditions from the natural disaster, but a senior DHS official said he anticipates these will change and get better in six months. "Haiti continues to struggle with a wave of setbacks, including the quake that hit the nation in October, and ongoing concerns about infrastructure, disease, and the country's ability to feed its people".

That's why some experts and Haitian officials worry that cutting off the designation may have ramifications beyond the immediate repatriation of tens of thousands of Haitians.

Advocates for Haitians also say conditions have not improved enough for Haitians to return home.

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees-founded in 1992-supported hundreds of families who sought asylum in the United States after being persecuted in Haiti. Administration officials said the TPS for roughly 50,000 Haitians will expire in December. "By our estimates, a Haitian national with TPS impacts the economic livelihood of as many as five (5) Haitian households".

In February, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, co-chairwoman of the House Carribbean Caucus, introduced legislation that would expand TPS to include all Haitian nationals who were in the United States before November 4, 2016.

He also pointed to the Haitian government's plans to rebuild the presidential residence and the end of the U.N.'s stabilization mission in Haiti. The designations for Sudan and South Sudan are next to expire, coming up in November 2017.

"Donald Trump renew TPS", Jean rapped.

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