Trump administration Signals It Will Soon End

"The secretary has received commitments and statements from the Haitian government that they actually do in fact want their TPS recipients living in the United States to return to Haiti to help rebuild their country", the official said.

"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", Kelly stated Monday.

The Trump administration has granted a six-month extension to almost 60,000 Haitians who were offered temporary protection in the USA after a devastating quake in 2010.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly says there are indications that the situation in Haiti is improving, but ultimately determined that it was appropriate to extend the designation for six months. "We plan to continue to work closely with the Haitian government, including assisting the government in proactively providing travel documents for its citizens".

Tometi, a Brooklyn resident and Nigerian-American, revealed at a forum in Manhattan on Saturday that BAJI had been coordinating with the advocacy group Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees to lobby Kelly to extend TPS for the impacted immigrants.

Jean urged his fans to pressure lawmakers to support renewing the Haitians' benefits. "I had a community activist say to me last night: If every musician did what Wyclef did last night, we would be so far ahead in this campaign for TPS renewal". "Kelly.pdf" target="_blank">18 months - cautioned that sending so many Haitians back could cause "an immediate increase in poverty in Haiti". This July 22, 2017, the EAD and temporary legal status will run out again.

Richemon is most concerned about her health.

"It would be very sad".

"Being in the immigrant rights space, I've heard a lot of transactional talk with questions like, 'When will black people show up for immigrants?,'" she said. "It's not like we don't like our country, but it's not ready yet for us to go back".

She said Trump "made a commitment to Haiti and Haitians in the diaspora as well that he was really going to work with them, and for them, and he made a commitment".

"This decision reflects the compassion and generosity of spirit that should be the hallmark of USA policy toward Haitians in the United States who are unable to safely return to their homeland", Markey said.

But the extension came with a clear warning from the Department of Homeland Security - "use the time before January 22, 2018 to prepare for and arrange ... departure from the United States".

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.

The story has been updated with comment from a Haitian with temporary protected status. Once designated, individuals from those countries living in the United States are protected from detention and deportation based on their immigration status and are able to apply for work authorizations. "We are a country of compassion". The protected status period ended Monday. They were alternately allowed into the USA on another temporary program, or they were detained and deported. Immigration advocates had strongly encouraged DHS to extend the designation for a full 18 months, arguing that Haiti needed more time to recover before thousands of people could return to the country safely.

Haitian police lower the national flag in front of the badly damaged presidential palace in 2011. "TPS, as enacted in law, is inherently temporary in nature, and beneficiaries should plan accordingly that this status may finally end after the extension announced today".

One email contained instructions for department staff to research crimes committed by Haitians with temporary protected status. "We invited the Haitian diaspora and worldwide community to participate in the storm, during which we tagged the Department of Homeland Security and urged followers to call the agency to demand that the program be saved".

James McCament, President Donald Trump's acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has said Haiti is stable enough for its citizens to no longer need protection from deportation.

"During this six-month reprieve, I invite DHS officials to join me on a trip to Haiti".

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium issued a statement calling the decision cruel and inhumane. Altidor said he was engaging at the highest levels of the Haitian government on the issue, including with President Jovenel Moise. He said conditions related to the quake "have been largely ameliorated", according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald. He points to the money TPS holders regularly send back to family members in Haiti, an economic boost that would be hard to replace if the program ended.

There are now temporary protected status programs for people from 10 countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Next up for decisions are Sudan and South Sudan, where TPS expires in November. Kelly will have to decide by September whether to extend temporary status for Sudanese.

  • Archie Newman