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 Ignatian Solidarity Network joins the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) strongly opposing this the termination of TPS for Haiti. The USCCB recently joined Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network to send a letter to Department of Homeland Security John Secretary Kelly urging him to extend TPS for Haitians. Read the letter here.
Secretary Kelly also needs to hear from constituents around the country.