Members of the Biden administration have pushed forth a plan to extend temporary protected status to Haitians for an additional 18 months. The Department of Homeland Security first offered temporary protected status for Haitians in 2010 following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. The decision to offer temporary protected status was extended several times throughout the Obama administration, but ended during the Trump administration in 2019. However, a barrage of lawsuits allowed the temporary protected status order to say in place. This time around, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cited social unrest and human rights violations as reasons to extend temporary protected status to Haitian nationals.
“After careful consideration, we determined that we must do what we can to support Haitian nationals in the United States until conditions in Haiti improve so they may safely return home,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro said.
Temporary protected status will apply to Haitians residing in the country as of Friday. It will also apply to citizens who are not Haitian, but whose last place of residence was Haiti. Individuals who are eligible for temporary protected status must apply through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the registration period.
Today my Administration announced a new 18 month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti.
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