Wyclef Jean Is Pushing Fans To Fight For Haitian Immigration Rights

Posted May 23, 2017

The TPS designation expires in July.

But while Haitians were celebrating, citizens from Liberia and Sierra Leone were not. "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".

Liberians had been hoping a late town hall rally would push the administration to change its mind but that did not materialize with many critics suggesting that Liberian Diaspora organizations waited too late to pile the pressure as the Haitians did.

The Trump administration filed court papers Monday aimed at getting a judge to reconsider his ruling blocking the president's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities.

The Post reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is still finalizing the details of the decision.

Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, has joined fellow activists in urging Gen. John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to allow 50,000 Haitian nationals-including 22,000 living and working in New York City-before a deadline Tuesday could expose them to deportation.

Protected status was given to Haitians in the United States after a devastating 2010 quake and has been repeatedly extended as the country recovered slowly, often with setbacks. "This morning, DHS called my office to inform us that Haiti's TPS designation has received a six-month extension". "We have the issue where you are going to be separating families", Forry told the News Service.

There are estimated to be between 50,000 and 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S. with TPS. Those TPS grants have been repeatedly extended. Senior department officials on a call Monday with reporters said such statistics did not factor into Kelly's decision nor were they able to provide any such data. Some may be eligible for other immigration statuses.

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This inadequate six month extension, served up with a threat of eventual deportation, is a bitter disappointment - a poisoned apple.

"TPS as enacted in law is inherently temporary in nature, and beneficiaries should plan accordingly", Kelly said in the release.

Last September, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson is extending TPS benefits for the last time to beneficiaries under the designations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for 6 months for the objective of orderly transition before the designations terminate, effective May 21, 2017.

The widespread transmission of Ebola virus in the three countries that led to the designations has ended. "Also indicative of Haiti's success in recovering from the natural disaster seven years ago is the Haitian government's stated plans to rebuild the Haitian president's residence at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, and the withdrawal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti".

Jean isn't the only individual trying to spread awareness about the TPS extension. "It is in no shape to receive thousands of Haitians back to their homeland".

Markey's office cited U.S. Customs and Immigration Service numbers showing that as of 2016 there were 4,735 Haitian temporary protected status recipients living in MA and a total of 58,706 nationwide.

DHS's announcement ignores the vast destruction last October of Hurricane Matthew, the worst to hit Haiti in 52 years which hit Haiti's bread basket; Haiti's unchecked cholera epidemic which has killed and sickened at least 9,500 and 800,000 respectively, and the current food insecurity crisis and spiked cholera cases due to Hurricane Matthew.