Trump Administration Extends Temporary Protected Status Program For 58000 Haitians

The chairman of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration thanked Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security for extending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians in the United States for six months. TPS, offered in the wake of a deadly 2010 quake in Haiti, was set to expire July 23. - The Trump administration's decision to allow 50,000 Haitian natural disaster victims to remain in the United States prompted gratitude from the USA bishops' conference, which stressed the need for continued work to aid Haitians here and in their home country. Kelly stated the extension "should allow Haitian TPS recipients. time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States...." Kelly said that "if [the country's] recovery. continues at pace - [it] may not warrant further TPS extension past January 2018".

Groups working with Haitian immigrants, including the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), were calling on the Trump administration and Kelly to extend TPS for 18 months.

Florida has the greatest concentration of Haitian immigrants in the United States. Individuals benefiting from TPS living in the United States are protected from detention and deportation based on their immigration status and are able to apply for work authorizations, as reported in CNN. BAJI in a statement called Monday's decision "discouraging, but not surprising".

"Haiti obviously has many issues, and I spoke to Secretary Kelly when he was up here about our concerns about this issue, and the fact that they've put a delay in place I think is a good thing", he told reporters.

"After careful review of the current conditions in Haiti and conversations with the Haitian government, I have chose to extend the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for a limited period of six-months", said Sec. "Children who are born and raised here, who are American, their parents are going to be kicked out, and where are they going?" Will they be returned to their countries racked with violence, insecurity and minimal opportunities as we have written about before? Bastien notes that those findings of Haiti's improvement go against the data that was present back in December when Barack Obama was still in office. Employers and employees affected by this DHS announcement should begin planning now for the possibility that TPS status for Haitian nationals will expire on January 22, 2018. "Since we have extremely low expectations with this Administration, in that light, a six month extension is better than nothing".

Two of her three children are USA citizens, and she works as a nurse's aide, making $23 per hour. Instead of urging Haitians to prepare to return, they are urging them to prepare for more protests and more clamoring to ask to stay; unfortunately this instills more of a sense of entitlement to stay that will be harder to overcome.

The AP obtained internal emails in which a "top immigration official wanted not only crime data on Haitians who are protected from deportation under the Temporary Protected Status program, but also how many were receiving public benefits".

  • Leroy Wright