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Take Action! Protect 50,000 vulnerable Haitians in the U.S

May 3, 2017

Tell Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to Extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti!

In 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, and in its wake, the U.S. government pledged to provide protection through TPS for Haitians already in the United States. Today, about 58,000 Haitians, who were in the United States since January 12, 2011, have been able to rebuild their lives, work, and raise a family in safety, while their remittances support loved ones in Haiti.

The catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 impeded Haiti’s recovery. Tens of thousands of homes and schools were destroyed, as well as agricultural crops and livestock, which resulted in widespread food insecurity and exacerbated the cholera epidemic – already the worst in the world. All of these realities exacerbated economic instability in Haiti.

Right now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering whether or not to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of Haitians in the United States, which is set to expire on July 22, 2017. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is recommending that the United States end TPS for Haitians altogether in January 2018.

To let TPS for Haiti expire or end it altogether would mean turning our backs on the vulnerable Haitians whom we pledged to welcome, and would place considerable burdens on the country as it struggles to recover from multiple natural disasters. TPS was created to provide protection to those in the United States when it is unsafe for their return home – precisely the conditions Haiti faces. TPS must be extended for at least another 18 months. To do otherwise would be an affront to our American values of hospitality, generosity, and compassion.

Tell Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to Extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti!


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