Extension of protected status for Haitian immigrants (TPS)

TPS is designated to a foreign country if conditions in the country temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, if the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. Thus, as per the latest announcement, the Haitian immigrants living in the U.S on TPS have to leave America within January 22, 2018 instead of the earlier dateline of July 22, 2017. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of a designated country, and eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country who are already in the United States.


As per Homeland Secretary John Kelly's recent statement, such decision on the extension has been achieved after careful review of the current conditions in Haiti and conversations with the Haitian government. However, as per Paul Altidor, the Haitian ambassador to the United States, his government never asked for an 18 month extension... at least 18 months was a key part of the conversation.

Marjean Perhot, the director of Catholic Charities in Boston, who works with the Haitian immigrants in the U.S, believes seven years is not a very long time for a country like Haiti with poor infrastructure to receive back its compatriots. The country needs more time.

Haitians were initially granted TPS in 2010 when the country was hit by a massive earthquake. Since then, each time DHS has renewed Haitians' TPS for 18 months, citing floods and a cholera outbreak back in Haiti. However, this extension of 'six month' came with President Donald Trump's recent crackdown policy on immigration.

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