SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) — The Joe Biden administration announced Monday that it would extend temporary protected status for Haitians already living in the United States because conditions in the Caribbean country were too dangerous for their forced return.
The Department of Homeland Security notes that Haitians who were in the United States as of November 6 may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and those who were granted the previous year may apply for 3 May have 18 more months till August, 2024. ,
The administration has expanded TPS to several countries and has expanded or implemented it for Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Myanmar, Cameroon, and Venezuela, reversing a trend already undercut by the Trump administration 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 Mosse, Haiti has seen increasingly daring attacks by gangs, which have grown more powerful. Furthermore, there is a cholera outbreak in the country that is claiming the lives of more people than children amid rising 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 made more than 6,700 Haitian arrests at the border with Mexico during October, a number that has been rising every month since September 2021, and has made Haitians one of the nationalities with the most number of illegal border crossings.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who last week called for an extension and expansion of TPS, said 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.