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US extends 'temporary protected status' to Haitians until January

23 May 2017, 11:13 | Nichole Osborne

A final decision about the long-term fate of those immigrants will be decided at a later date

A final decision about the long-term fate of those immigrants will be decided at a later date

"And it arrives on November 8".

The TPS extension for Haitians is one of the rare issues that Florida lawmakers across party lines have urged the president and Department of Homeland Security to act upon, for humanitarian reasons and economic reasons, in a state where immigrants are a critical part of the workforce.

DHS Secretary John Kelly announced today that "Temporary Protected Status" for Haitians who were here illegally or on a visitor visa at the time of the 2010 quake would be extended yet again, for six months. The administration has assumed anti-immigrant, anti-refugee stances since assuming power. And, they said, there is no way the country can absorb the return of 58,000 people who have protected status. There are an estimated 58,000 who have TPS status nationwide, with Florida having the most. "So it doesn't only impact the Haitian people who are on protected status, but our community".

Those who were in the USA without a permanent status at the time of the designation are allowed to apply - though it does not cover those who come later.

In April, James W. McCament, the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, wrote a memo to Kelly recommending the termination of the TPS.

"DHS Secretary John Kelly said the extension will give the Haitians more time to prepare to eventually return to their country".

TPS, which is part of federal law, has always been controversial.

The Department of Homeland Security had until Tuesday to decide whether to extend temporary protected status, or TPS, for roughly 58,700 Haitians, who have been approved to remain in the USA following a devastating 2010 natural disaster in their native country. Status in Sudan and South Sudan will expire in November 2017.

"Extending temporary protected status for Haitian nationals living in the United States is the right decision, both morally and economically", Murphy, whose Orlando-Seminole County-based district is home to many Haitians, said in a release.

During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries were eligible to remain in the United States and authorized to work and obtain as long as they met the requirements of TPS.

The Trump administration seems to be skeptical of that handling, saying it's no longer going to extend designations as a routine matter. "But at least the administration here signaled that they are bringing this to an end", he said.

"We are not asking for an indefinite renewal of TPS", Altidor told me over the phone.

That's why some experts and Haitian officials worry that cutting off the designation may have ramifications beyond the immediate repatriation of tens of thousands of Haitians. Altidor met with Kelly on Monday. TPS holders were just in the right place at the right time, and in effect won the lottery.

MA has the third-largest Haitian population in the United States, after Florida and NY. That percentage, she said, increases to more than 50 percent when the "legacy generation"-the "first generation of folks like myself who are the bridge generation"-is included, meaning 70 percent of the city's black community "has some sort of migrant root or story". "Over and over, the promises that are made to Haiti are not kept". We are constantly having to negotiate our own migration. They came through Central America to the US a year ago looking for work after job opportunities from the World Cup and the Olympics dried up. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. "They're precisely the type of people who have an entrepreneurial spirit, job skills, at this point even perhaps some additional English language skills that would really help facilitate the development of Haiti, its economy and help provide jobs and additional vital services that are needed to help bring Haiti to the next level".

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