Temporary Protected Status (also called “TPS”) is a temporary immigration status to the United States, granted to eligible nationals of designated countries. TPS status may be granted for a variety of reasons but it mostly as a result of a natural disaster such as a particularly devastating hurricane, famine, or earthquake, an epidemic health concern such as Ebola, a non-functioning or non-existent government such as in Somalia, or extensive safety concerns for civilians resulting from crime or war.
During the period for which a country has been designated for TPS, TPS beneficiaries may remain in the United States and may obtain work authorization. However, TPS does not lead to permanent resident status (green card). TPS is typically authorized for 18 month stints and has a consistent track record of being renewed if the conditions for TPS initially are not resolved.
Currently there are thirteen countries with TPS status including Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone expiring and not being renewed on May 21, 2017. While this is concerning for nationals from those countries the next country to expire will be Haiti on July 22, 2017 and this is creating a humanitarian concern.
Haiti’s 2010 earthquake killed over a quarter million people and hundreds of thousands are still homeless after the quake displaced 1.5 million people. Subsequently in 2016, Hurricane Matthew killed at least another 1,000 people and further set back all construction and recovery efforts and was unfortunately beset with a cholera epidemic taking an additional 9,000 lives. Needless to say Haiti, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, is still struggling to get on its feet.
Many of those Haitians with TPS status came to the U.S. in medical evacuations following the earthquake in 2010 and are facing lifelong disabilities from having their homes fall on them. As much as they would like to return what life is there for them in Haiti at this time? Not all Hatians on TPS are disabled either. Each year, Haitian TPS holders contribute nearly $280 million to the U.S. gross domestic product. Over the course of 10 years, those contributions add up to nearly $2.8 billion in GDP.
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting director James McCament has recommended against reauthorizing TPS status for Haitians living in the United States. McCament said that conditions have improved enough for Haitians to return and that the current program should only be extended until January 2018 to allow for “a period of orderly transition.”
Please take a moment this morning to call Senator Perdue letting him know you are opposed to removing the TPS designation for Haiti.
Please call Senator Perdue at 404 865-0087 and state…..
Please ask the Senator to take a public stance against the removal of Haitian Temporary Protected Status and urge the Trump administration not to force the return of tens of thousands of Haitians to Haiti.
After calling please send an email to Senator Perdue with the following (or a personal version of it) with the drop down menu topic “Immigration” and the subject line “Haitian TPS”:
As a constituent, I urge you to ask DHS Secretary Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians for at least another 18 months. Current conditions in Haiti – such as food insecurity and hunger, the cholera epidemic, and economic instability – exacerbated by Hurricane Matthew – make it unsafe for anyone to be deported to Haiti. Haitians are fleeing catastrophic conditions and should be allowed to remain in the United States.
Please take a public stance against the removal of Haitian Temporary Protected Status and urge the Trump administration not to return tens of thousands of Haitians to Haiti as the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is recommending.
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