Will Haitians get temporary status for 18 months? Is it true?How and where do they apply?
I think thats a great idea.They'd be able to send money to their families back home.
Thanks George.Will they be able to renew it?What happens after 18 months to those who have been here for many years? Do they get deported?
- George LLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yes, it's very true as you can see below. It's not the first time the US has extended TPS for a natural disaster. We did the same thing when Hurricane Mitch hit Central America a few years back.
From: "U.S. Department of Homeland Security" <firstname.lastname@example.org. Statement from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 06:00:00 -0600
As part of the Department's ongoing efforts to assist Haiti following the devastating earthquake, the Secretary announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. This designation will allow eligible Haitian nationals in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months. Providing a temporary refuge for Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States and whose personal safety would be endangered by returning to Haiti is part of this Administration's continuing efforts to support Haiti's recovery.
- 1 decade ago
The Obama administration extended a special immigration status on Friday to Haitians living illegally in the United States, protecting them from deportation for 18 months and allowing them to work here. The Obama administration extended a special immigration status on Friday to Haitians living illegally in the United States, protecting them from deportation for 18 months and allowing them to work here.
Calling the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake “a disaster of historic proportions,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she was making the designation, known as temporary protected status, for Haitian immigrants because their personal safety would be at risk if they were deported to Haiti.
Administration officials said the special status would cover at least 100,000 Haitians believed to be living in the United States illegally, as well as about 30,000 Haitians who have been ordered deported. Haitians who receive the status will obtain documents allowing them to work legally.
The administration’s decision followed a rising chorus of calls for the temporary status since the catastrophic earthquake on Tuesday. On Friday, 80 members of Congress, including Democrats and Republicans, and the conference of Roman Catholic bishops, sent appeals to the administration to grant the status.
Ms. Napolitano said the protection would only extend to Haitians already in the country. Officials have hesitated to grant the temporary status to Haitians for fear they would encourage a new exodus of desperate Haitians by boat towards Florida.
“Attempting to leave Haiti now will only bring more hardship to the Haitian people and nation,” Ms. Napolitano cautioned Friday afternoon.
The decision drew praise from advocates and elected officials from states with large Haitian populations, who, along with the Haitian government, have been pushing for the temporary protected status since December 2008.
“This is the right thing to do,” said Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, in a statement. “Haitian immigrants already in the U.S. will not only be able to make money to support themselves, but also to send remittances to their suffering families back in Haiti.”
Haiti now joins El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Sudan on the list of countries whose citizens have temporary protected status in the U.S. The homeland security secretary is authorized to declare such a status for immigrants whose countries face natural disasters — of which Haiti has had several in recent years. Floods in 2004 left more than 500 people dead or missing, and four big storms in 2008 killed at least 800.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Only illegal Haitians that been in the U.S. since last week will be granted TPS. temporary status in America mean forever..let the FRAUD BRING!!!
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it will allow Haitians already in the U.S. illegally to remain because of this week's catastrophic earthquake.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano granted the temporary protected status on Friday.
The protection is only available to Haitians already in the country as of last Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Napolitano temporarily halted deportations of Haitians, even those already in detention.
Temporary protected status is granted to foreigners who may not be able to return safely to their country because of a natural disaster, armed conflict or other reasons.
- ?Lv 61 decade ago
Instead of sending money, they should be deported as soon as possible since there are over 300,000 with deportation orders. Why don't they go home and help their families instead of breaking our laws and being here where they are not wanted or needed. Isn't that a great idea, send money out of our already failing economy. Common sense.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Temporary status as what?