Haitians including Haitians for Trump, want the Donald to deliver a TPS extension for Haitians.
For weeks, Haitians and their advocates have rallied for an eighteen-month extension, fearful that the Trump Administration would revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for their country in July, making it hard for them to continue living in the United States.
It also has been reported that the Department of Homeland Security is considering inquiring into the criminal records of some Haitians to deny them protected status. Under TPS, Haitians living in the USA were offered protection from deportation.
And he had a clear warning for the Haitian beneficiaries. He said the six-month extension of the program that was set to expire in July is "just a period for people to finalize their plans, gather their belongings and depart this country".
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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".
The DHS in its statement issued Monday urged Haitian TPS recipients who do not have another immigration status to use the time before January 22, 2018 to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States - including proactively seeking travel documentation - or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.
Senior DHS officials said in a call with reporters that the decision was made after the secretary determined that conditions in Haiti were improving since the quake seven years ago - and that at the end of six months, the program could be terminated instead of extended again. It was implemented after a 2010 quake devastated parts of Haiti.
The statement said the "Haitian economy continues to recover and grow, and 96 percent of people displaced by the quake and living in internally displaced person camps have left those camps". "Even more encouraging is that over 98 percent of these camps have closed", he added. "Kelly.pdf" target="_blank">18 months - cautioned that sending so many Haitians back could cause "an immediate increase in poverty in Haiti".
Last September, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson is extending TPS benefits for the last time to beneficiaries under the designations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for 6 months for the goal of orderly transition before the designations terminate, effective May 21, 2017.
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The officials said, however, that Haitians in the United States under what is known as temporary protected status should begin acquiring travel documents to return to Haiti, noting that DHS has not committed to extending protections past January. Since then, Haitians living in the US have been eligible for the program - even if they are undocumented - as long as they were living on USA soil since January 12, 2011.
Haiti is one of 13 nations that receive the designation. "Congress designated the program.by the name 'temporary protected status.' It's not supposed to be permanent".
South Floridians with ties to Haiti and elected officials with lots of Haitian-American constituents said there hasn't been much progress on recovery. "I will be your champion, whether you vote for me or not".
According to internal emails passed to the Associated Press earlier this month, immigration officials sought crime data on Haitians on the TPS scheme, as well as information about whether they were seeking benefits.
"Six months is not an extension", Fanm Ayisen Nan Miyami tweeted.
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