Act Now: Support TPS for Haitians


Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, more than 50,000 Haitians in the U.S. were granted TPS, or "Temporary Protected Status", allowing them to remain here, and to have work authorization. This status has been previously renewed, but TPS recipients will be at risk of deportation if TPS status is not renewed by its current July 22 expiration. The deadline for the 60 day notification for TPS renewal comes up this May 23

Please join with many voices across the country to urge Dept. of Homeland Secretary John Kelly to renew TPS. 

Recent leaked emails from DHS officials indicate that the Trump Administration is seeking information on the use of public benefits by Haitian nationals, along with data on crime rates -- likely connected to the decision on whether or not to renew TPS.

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), says these emails "perpetuate the myth of the 'Black criminal'". According to Opal Tometi, "The U.S. has long characterized Haitian immigrants as criminals...The tradition of labeling Haitians as lawbreakers began in 1963 when the first boat of Haitians seeking political asylum was summarily rejected by U.S. immigration officials, while at the same time the U.S. admitted thousands of Cubans as refugees and political asylum-seekers. This practice continues with the detaining and deporting of Haitians in disproportionate numbers."

Send a message to DHS Sec. Kelly and to your congressional members:

Call the Dept. of Homeland Security at 202.282.8495. Give your name, and this simple message: "I am opposed to the expiration of TPS for Haiti and urge the DHS to redesignate TPS for another 18 months." Of course, add any other comment if you would like.

For members of Congress: Call or email your representatives. Urge them to direct DHS to renew TPS for Haitians for another 18 months. Click here to find the contact information for your representatives.

Please share this information with your networks and colleagues and ask them to send their messages TODAY.

TPS must be continued as part of a longer term effort to support recovery in Haiti, which is still reeling from the impact of last September's Hurricane Matthew -- a major storm that killed hundreds of people and seriously affected agricultural land, fishing and livestock, along with the destruction of homes and other infrastructure. The country faces considerable employment, food and health issues.

The Haitian people deserve our humanitarian support, not the forceful return of those who would also be placed at further risk.

Click here to read a recent letter to DHS from other humanitarian, development and human rights groups.

Thank you for taking action to support TPS for Haitians.

And thank you for your continued support

and solidarity for immigrant rights and justice.

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