DHS to extend protections for Haitians 6 months

TPS is short for temporary protected status and about 50,000 Haitians received it following the 2010 quake.

Haitians had staged protests across the U.S. as the clock ticked on the May 21 deadline for the TPS.

More than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 natural disaster can remain in the United States until January, giving them time to prepare for a return to the Caribbean country in the new year, the Trump administration said on Monday. Such a decision would have affected almost 4,300 Haitians living in MA and New Hampshire, the Globe reported on May 14. TPS for Haitians was last extended on January 23, 2016, for 18 months and was due to expire on June 22.

In the leaked memo, McCament recommended extending the program for six months, out of a possible 18.

"But on Monday, Kelly said he decided "after careful review of the current conditions in Haiti and conversations with the Haitian government" to extend the TPS only "... for a limited period of six-months". The judge rejected the claim that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said President Donald Trump can not set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

Jean's activism follows the news that Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly will announce Tuesday whether the administration will allow TPS to expire on July 22 or extend it.

He added that Haiti has made progress across several fronts since the devastating quake in 2010, and he is proud of the role the United States has played during this time in helping Haitians.

In the wake of a devastating quake in 2010, the federal government offered Haitians living in the USA temporary protected status, or TPS.

Wilson has extended a personal invitation to DHS Secretary Kelly to travel with her to Haiti so he could see in person why sending the more than 50,000 Haitians back is what she calls "unconscionable". Even more significantly, several of the larger camps were reclassified by the Haitian government as "permanent housing", simply because the residents had attached so much salvaged building material to their shanties.

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George Sassine, a Haitian business leader who had lobbied US officials to renew the program, said the six-month extension will give Haitian authorities time to make their concerns more clear. "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".

"We welcome this decision as a first step, but a first step only", said Irina Matiychenko, director of the Immigrant Protection Unit at the New York Legal Assistance Group.

"We strongly urge DHS to grant an 18-month extension to give the nation a fighting chance at making the kind of significant improvements needed before people can return safely home", she added.

The U.S. Government has been deporting Haitians who do not have temporary protected status, as part of its crackdown on illegal immigration. "Whatever commitment was made to Little Haiti, this is a great way to start - to say, 'You know what?"

Kelly said the 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".

"I hope they help my parents and they keep me here", Bastien said before hearing that the TPS program had been extended.

"The reality is that in six months Haiti will still be in no position to absorb and aid 58,000 unemployed people", she said in a statement.

Adonia Simpson, an attorney at Miami-based Americans for Immigrant Justice, said TPS has never been renewed for just six months.

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