USCCB AND JFI URGE CONTINUED TPS PROTECTION FOR HAITIANS
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and its Justice for Immigrants Campaign (JFI) are urging individuals to contact their members of Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to support continued protection for Haitians in the U.S.
The Catholic Church is asking the U.S. government to provide an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Additionally, it supports a legislative solution in Congress that will preserve the ability of TPS recipients to continue living and working legally in the U.S.
TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized immigration status that allows individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. While the current designation for Haiti is set to expire in January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security is required to make a decision to terminate or extend TPS for Haiti by November 23, 2017.
As discussed in the USCCB/MRS trip report, Haiti's Ongoing Road to Recovery: The Necessity of an Extension of Temporary Protected Status, an extension of TPS for Haiti is vital at this time. Terminating TPS would potentially destabilize the small nation, derail its path to recovery, and possibly harm those returned. Furthermore, if TPS is terminated, numerous families will be torn apart. The Catholic Church ministers to and serves many of these families around the country and knows that this issue affects immigrant children and U.S. citizen children alike.
To learn more about TPS, visit the JFI website. To contact Members of Congress and the Department of Homeland Security, visit the JFI Action Alert.
Please take action today!