Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

Trump admin to extend protections for Haitians 6 months

Trump admin to extend protections for Haitians 6 months

In addition, Kelly said he had heard from the Haitian government regarding its desire to welcome Haitian TPS recipients.

Markey's office cited U.S. Customs and Immigration Service numbers showing that as of 2016 there were 4,735 Haitian temporary protected status recipients living in MA and a total of 58,706 nationwide.

"Following a meeting last week with Haitian Senators Wilfrid Gélin and Wanique Pierre, I made a decision to wage a Twitter storm in a last-ditch effort to save the nation's Temporary Protected Status designation", Wilson said in a statement.

A humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States will be extended until at least January, a USA government official said Monday.

The Trump administration has until tomorrow to determine whether roughly 50,000 Haitians in the US will continue to benefit from the Temporary Protected Status program.

Bastien says she's advising the Haitian community, especially those with young, US-born children, to seek legal counsel.

For this reason Haiti's government was joined by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, New York Daily News, Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, and Orlando Sentinel editorial boards, the Republican governors of Florida and MA, 100 bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate and House, 14 big city mayors, 550 U.S. doctors, 416 faith leaders, 330 organizations and leaders, and a host of others in urging an 18-month extension.

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Kelly chose to extend TPS for six months ― until early next year.

Secretary Johnson said after reviewing country conditions and consulting with the appropriate USA government agencies, it was determined that conditions in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone no longer support their designations for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). 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 U.S. government official, who has been briefed on the decision, said the program will continue until January. "Haiti continues to struggle with a wave of setbacks, including the natural disaster that hit the nation in October, and ongoing concerns about infrastructure, disease, and the country's ability to feed its people".

Advocates for Haitians say conditions have not improved enough for Haitians to return home. "Kelly.pdf" target="_blank">18 months - cautioned that sending so many Haitians back could cause "an immediate increase in poverty in Haiti". Even more significantly, several of the larger camps were reclassified by the Haitian government as "permanent housing", simply because the residents had attached so much salvaged building material to their shanties.

This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients.

"We're working with this particular organization because we think it's important", she said. But cracking down on immigrants is the Trump administration's motto. 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 extension was first reported on Monday by the Washington Postand confirmed by the Miami Herald, which wrote that Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) received a call from DHS with news of the decision. James McCament, acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, recommended in April that it not be renewed. "The reality is that in six months Haiti will still be in no position to absorb and aid 58,000 unemployed people".

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