Walsh opposes Haitian deportation as decision looms

Posted May 23, 2017

But last month, USCIS under President Trump reversed itself, urging termination, and recent leaked DHS efforts to demonize Haitians as criminals and welfare cheats as a means of justifying termination were reprehensible: inherently racist, such considerations are irrelevant, since TPS is a humanitarian program, TPS recipients are ineligible for welfare, and criminals are ineligible for TPS! "While this news will give the tens of thousands of Haitians anxiously waiting to learn the program's fate some measure of relief, this is in fact a cup half full situation".

"Following a meeting last week with Haitian Senators Wilfrid Gélin and Wanique Pierre, I made a decision to wage a Twitter storm in a last-ditch effort to save the nation's Temporary Protected Status designation", Wilson said in a statement.

Performing at the same venue President Donald Trump visited on a campaign stop in September, the Haitian-born artist used his time onstage to ask the Trump administration to extend Haiti's Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.

For our fellow Haitian residents, who have built lives here like all of us, this is chilling news.

Haitian Women of Miami, an advocacy group, said it was disappointed that the extension was only six months rather than 18.

Kelly chose to extend TPS for six months ― until early next year.

Senior Homeland Security Department officials said that while no final decision about further renewals, they said Haitian immigrants should start getting their affairs in order, including acquiring travel documents. The judge rejected the claim that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said President Donald Trump can not set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

Immigrant advocates have intensely lobbied Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to extend the status, saying Haiti is beset by food shortages, unemployment and widespread poverty, and is unable to repatriate thousands of citizens. Her daughter, who was born in the US, has special medial needs that she does not think would be adequately taken care of in Haiti. The U.S. government designated TPS for Haiti after the 2010 quake devastated parts of the nation. Despite concluding that "t$3 he institutional capacity of the Haitian [g] overnment to respond to the lingering effects of the natural disaster remains weak", USCIS believes that conditions have sufficiently improved and that it is no longer in the U.S.' national interest to extend the TPS designation. "Haiti right now is not a good place to send people back".

There was no immediate comment from the Haitian government.

"We are being positive", Sicard said.

Kelly based his decision on several factors, according to a news release, including that there are fewer displaced people living in camps.

Advocacy groups also jumped on the issue after The Associated Press earlier this month published leaked emails from a DHS staffer asking for numbers on crime rates involving Haitian nationals in the us, as well as how many Haitians sought government assistance.

The extension should allow Haitians to obtain travel documents to leave the United States and for the Haitian government to prepare for repatriation, Kelly added.

It's a decision Congresswoman Frederica Wilson does not agree with. "We invited the Haitian diaspora and global community to participate in the storm, during which we tagged the Department of Homeland Security and urged followers to call the agency to demand that the program be saved". In April, James W. McCament, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), recommended that TPS designation for Haiti be terminated.