According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United States has enhanced immigration protections known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which provide residence and work permits to Haitians.
DHS late Monday announced the TPS extension for Haiti for an additional 18 months through August 3, 2024, “due to the extraordinary and temporary circumstances in the country.” It expires on February 4, 2023.
It also redesignated Haiti for TPS, which allows Haitians living in the United States from November 6, 2022, to apply for this immigration protection until August 3, 2024, provided they meet all eligibility requirements Be
TPS, established by Congress, is a temporary, renewable program that halts deportation and provides access to work permits for foreign nationals who cannot safely return to their home country due to natural disasters, armed conflict, or other extraordinary circumstances. Can’t come.
“We are providing much-needed humanitarian assistance to citizens of Haiti already in the United States,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
It added, “Haiti’s situation, which includes socioeconomic challenges, political instability, and gang violence and crime, has been compounded by an environmental disaster, making the humanitarian assistance we provide today imperative.”
Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has for years been mired in an economic, political and security crisis, exacerbated last year by the assassination of President Jovenel Moises and the growing weight of gangs.
DHS specifies that Haitians “who attempt to travel to the United States after this announcement will not be eligible for TPS and will be subject to deportation if they enter irregularly or without legal authorization.” Will be.”
According to DHS data, the program could apply to more than 260,000 Haitians, including more than 100,000 who have lived in the United States under TPS for years, many since the 2010 earthquake devastated the Caribbean country. Have done
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday that the United States is working with Haiti’s leaders on the TPS declaration.
“We are working closely with various countries in this hemisphere and around the world to determine how best we can respond to the requests we receive directly from Haitian leaders,” he told reporters.