Trump ends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians

Trump ends TPS for Haitians.  In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake decimated parts of Haiti.  Hundreds of thousands of Haitians died.  The United States stepped in and offered humanitarian aid.  Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is the legal term for this humanitarian aid.  Additionally, Haitians were allowed to live and work in the United States.  The Trump administration has ended this program.  Haitians living in the United States must depart by July 22, 2019 or change to another legal status.

What is Temporary Protected Status

In 1990, President George Bush singned TPS into law.  The program offered a legal status to those who were unable to return to their home country.  Many of the countries protected by TPS struggle with natural disasters, famine, and armed conflicts.  Haiti is considered one of the poorest countries and is still struggling to recover from the earthquake.

Other countries utilizing TPS include:

  1. El Salvador;
  2. Honduras;
  3. Nicaragua;
  4. Somalia;
  5. Sudan;
  6. South Sudan;
  7. Syria;
  8. Nepal; and
  9. Yemen.

For the most part, the largest group of TPS beneficiaries is from El Salvador.  Nearly 200,000 El Salvadorians live in the United States with TPS.  TPS was terminated recently for people from Nicaragua.  The program will terminate in January 2019.  The status for Sudan has also ended and will terminate on November 2018.

Statement and Reactions

An excerpt of a statement by the Department Homeland Security states “Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent.  Significant steps have been taken to improve the stability and quality of life for Haitian citizens, and Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens.”

Many immigration organizations have continuously sought extensions of the TPS program.  Furthermore, the Haitian government has asked the Trump administration to extend TPS.  Haitians are the second largest group of foreigners with TPS.  Nevertheless, the Trump administration has ended TPS.

Shupe Dhawan can help!

Meet with a Shupe Dhawan attorney to discuss your options.  If you are currently living in the United States with TPS, you should change your status immediately.  Haitians living in the United States must depart by July 22, 2019.  Presently, you may, however, qualify for another lawful immigration status.  The immigration process takes years.  Start the immigration process now.  The process involves many government agencies including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the National Visa Center, and consulate embassies abroad.  Untimely document responses result in denied applications.  Additionally, denied applications waste time and money.  For these reasons, meet with a Shupe Dhawan attorney to discuss your options.

At Shupe Dhawan, you can take advantage of the experience of our attorneys.  Our attorneys will help take the confusion out of this complex process.  Moreover, save yourself the heartache and frustration by working with one of our professional attorneys during the process.  Contact us at 954-371-0927 to schedule an appointment today.

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