President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday announced an extension of temporary protected status for Haitians already living in the United States because conditions in the Caribbean country are too dangerous for their forced return.
The Department of Homeland Security noted that Haitians who have been in the United States since November 6, 2022, can apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and who were granted it last year May stay for another 18 months till August 3. , 2024.
The government has extended TPS to various countries and has expanded or implemented it for Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Myanmar, Cameroon and VenezuelaReversing a trend by the Trump administration to reduce protections for those already in the United States.
TPS, which usually includes work permits, can be extended for a period of up to 18 months for countries affected by natural disasters or civil strife.
Since the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moise, Haiti has seen increasingly bold attacks by gangs, which have grown more powerful. apart from this, cholera outbreak in the country Which is claiming the lives of more children amid a rise in malnutrition.
“The socioeconomic challenges in Haiti, political instability, and mass violence and crime – exacerbated by environmental disasters – prompt us to provide the humanitarian assistance we are providing today,” said Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security.
The agency did not specify how many Haitians could benefit from the expansion. About 40,000 were granted TPS in 2011 – which was extended last month to June 30, 2024 – a year after the earthquake hit the country. The 18-month extension granted on Monday covers the 3,200 who got protection last year.
The crisis in Haiti has triggered an exodus to the United States, Mexico and South American countries. The United States turned back many Haitians in September 2021 after 16,000 mostly Haitian migrants camped out in the small border town of Del Rio, Texas. COVID-19.
Deportations to Haiti have slowed as conditions worsen in the Caribbean country. Witness on the Border, a group that monitors deportations, said Monday that the government has not organized any deportation flights to Haiti since Sept. 6.
Officials said Haitians entering the United States after Monday’s announcement will not be able to apply for TPS benefits, although that may not deter many. Federal authorities arrested more than 6,700 Haitians at the Mexico border during October, a number that has risen every month since September 2021, making Haitians one of the largest nationalities crossing the border illegally Have given.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who last week Requested extension and extension of TPSsaid Monday’s announcement would benefit more than 100,000 Haitians.
“Providing temporary protection to Haitian citizens in the United States is critical at a time when Haiti is facing extreme physical conditions and worsening political instability,” he said.
The workers thanked the central government.
“We rejoice and celebrate with our Haitian brothers and stand firm in solidarity as we continue to work with and for Haiti and the Haitian-American communities,” said Guerlaine Joseph, executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance. “
The Cato Institute, which advocates for more open immigration laws, said last week that nearly one million people are eligible for TPS under a Biden administration, more than double the number under Trump.
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