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Haiti - FLASH TPS : Reactions multiply against the decision of the Trump administration
23/11/2017 07:32:17

Haiti - FLASH TPS : Reactions multiply against the decision of the Trump administration
Following the announcement last Monday of the US Homeland Security, to end on July 22, 2019 the designation of Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Haiti, a suspension of 18 months to allow some 58,000 Haitians http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-22759-haiti-flash-tps-more-than-50-000-haitians-will-have-to-leave-the-usa.html concerned to try to regulate or to prepare to leave the American territory, the reactions of protests multiply.

Congresswoman Mia Love
Congresswoman Mia Love issued the following statement "I disagree with the Trump administration's decision to terminate TPS protections for Haiti in July 2019. I saw the conditions in that country myself, and witnessed the struggle for the people who are still living in desperate situations. I have spoken with the country's leaders, and it's clear to me that the nation will not be prepared to support this population in the coming months."

"I look forward to continuing the work with my colleagues across the aisle to protect these people through a fair and orderly process. I recently cosponsored the ASPIRE Act (H.R. 4384) http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-22769-haiti-tps-haiti-is-not-prepared-to-take-back-nearly-60-000-tps-recipients.html to do just that. I encourage my colleagues to support this legislation or other proposals that offer appropriate protections."

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
"The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) denounces the decision by the Trump Administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. We urge Congress to take immediate action to protect Haitian and other TPS beneficiaries who have worked, paid taxes, opened businesses and acted as contributing members of our communities for years.


USCRI recommends immediate action by Congress to resolve the question of TPS holders and enable them to transition to permanent status and a clear pathway to safety and citizenship. Individuals holding Temporary Protected Status are thoroughly vetted at least every 18 months, work and pay taxes and pay fees for every TPS renewal.

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), an advocacy group that supports equal treatment of Haitians in the United States, criticized the November 20 decision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. The decision was based on a finding that the “temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist.” Unconscionably, DHS refused to consider massive blows that struck Haiti after the earthquake that make it unsafe for Haitians to return home. The failure to consider more recent crises is a departure from decades of precedent, including the May 24, 2017 DHS justification for extending Haiti’s TPS designation for six months.


"The Administration made a political decision earlier this year to remove Haitians from the U.S.," said Brian Concannon Jr., IJDH’s Executive Director. "Ever since, it has been trying to contort the facts and law to fit that political decision.” A leaked April 27, 2017 DHS email instructed field offices to “squeeze more data” of crime and public benefits use in the broader Haitian-American community, in order to make a public case against TPS. But these factors are not legally relevant, because TPS holders are ineligible for public benefits and criminal activity disqualifies one from TPS."

"[...] this decision was a dispiriting decision for TPS holders and everyone who cares about them or the rule of law," said Concannon. "But it is not the last word, we will keep fighting for a more just outcome."

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