***For Immediate Release***
November 21, 2017
Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Nebraska Appleseed Statement on ending Temporary Protected Status for Haitians
Decision cruelly endangers lives of families and children who bring value to U.S. communities
LINCOLN — Monday night, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it would end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian people, effective July 22, 2019.
TPS allows temporary work authorization for individuals from countries that are still unsafe and unstable to return to. The Administration ended TPS for Sudan in September and Nicaragua earlier this month. A future announcement on El Salvador will be made on January 8.
Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director Darcy Tromanhauser issued this statement in response.
“Ending TPS for 59,000 Haitians is a cruel and reckless decision that risks the lives of people who have come to the United States seeking safety and who have become important parts of our communities,” Tromanhauser said. “It is very premature for the people to return to Haiti, which experienced a catastrophic earthquake in 2010 and major hurricanes since.
“Like the earlier decision to end DACA, this is another unnecessary crisis created by the Administration. Needlessly putting families and children back into danger contradicts our values and creates yet another situation where Congress will need to take action to prevent unnecessary tragedy from unfolding. Ending TPS is a break with our country’s long and proud tradition of providing a safe home for neighbors escaping danger who work hard in their new communities.”
According to Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., at least 38,000 earthquake victims in Haiti are still homeless and half the population does not have adequate food. There have been nearly 11,000 new cases of cholera in 2017 alone.
Information on TPS holders in Nebraska can be found here.
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