BACKGROUND: Over 58,000 Haitians are at risk of having their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) terminated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TPS allows these individuals to temporarily remain in the United States and support themselves legally while Haiti is being rebuilt. Haiti is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, which struck in October 2016 and is said to be the nation’s largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. Additionally, Haiti is plagued with a severe cholera epidemic and food shortages.
Unfortunately, there are reports that certain high-level government officials are recommending that TPS be terminated for Haitians.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) strongly opposes the termination of TPS for Haiti and urges its extension in a letter to DHS Secretary John F. Kelly.
TAKE ACTION: The following link will direct you to the USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants webpage so you can send a message to Secretary Kelly to voice your support for our Haitian community members: https://justiceforimmigrants.org/action-alerts/action-alert-dhs-extend-tps-haitians/