Biden Administration It announced on Saturday that it would grant temporary protection status (TPS) to Haitians living in the United States for 18 months amid ongoing security concerns, poverty and human rights abuses in the country.
TPS protects citizens of designated countries living in the United States from being deported if they qualify, and allows them to apply for a work permit, as well as the freedom to travel. Those eligible for the Haiti DPS post must remain in the country until May 21st.
“Haiti is currently facing serious security concerns, social unrest, increasing human rights abuses, poverty alleviation and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 epidemic,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Myorgas said in a statement.. “After careful consideration, we decided that we should do our best to support the Haitians in the United States until conditions in Haiti improve so that they can return home safely.”
BuzzFeed News, First announced this growth, which will affect more than 100,000 Haitians.
The DHS cited the country’s recent political crisis and the worsening economic situation caused by the COVID-19 epidemic and the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake as reasons for the post. This applies to some Haitians who have been in the United States since 2010.
“Haiti’s position for TBS is not against the national interest of the United States,” the DHS report said.
TPS status is awarded based on three factors: armed conflict, environmental disasters, or “extraordinary and temporary conditions.” The plan has previously been criticized by migratory hawks, who argue that the position often protects those here illegally and extends beyond the initial emergency or immediate period of crisis.
Haiti DPS in 2010 after a massive earthquake devastated the country. Until the Trump administration seeks to end that position in July 2019, that position has been extended several times, including in 2017 – a move that has faced legal challenges, pending the outcome of the case. Activist groups have called on the Biden administration to re-appoint the country.
The news was immediately welcomed by Democrats in the House and Senate.
“I applaud the decision of the Biden administration to support the Haitian people and reaffirm our commitment to a more humane and principled approach to immigration,” Sen said. Bob Menendez, DNJ. Said in a statement. “As Haiti overcomes a serious political and security crisis and faces humanitarian challenges, this decision provides urgently needed protections for deserving Haitians in the United States.”
“I am proud that the Biden administration has heeded my call to redesign Haiti to DPS,” DNY spokesman Montreal Jones said in a statement. “At a time when Haiti is in the midst of a generational humanitarian crisis, this redesign will save lives.”
However, groups calling for lower immigration as a whole were skeptical of the position, and the DHS said it was in the national interest.
RJ Hauman, head of government relations for the Confederation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said in a statement: “Nothing that Secretary Majorcos does about immigration is in the national interest. This Saturday afternoon decision is another example.” “The original Haitian DPS post was caused by the 2010 earthquake. The Biden administration is destroying even more public confidence in immigration programs – that is, providing short-term relief to countries affected by natural disasters or political catastrophe. Crisis. I hope the American people are watching.”