Sunday, May 21, 2017

Haitian TPS redesignation: Is it being held hostage to discrimination and xenophobia within the Trump administration?

“As a leader in the UndocuBlack Network, an organization comprised of and advocating for currently and previously undocumented Black immigrants, I find USCIS’s investigation very troubling, even criminal — but not surprising.”

By Patrice S. Lawrence, Medium
May 18, 2017
Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s process for deciding whether to redesignate Haiti as a country whose nationals living in the United States remain eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) should be a simple one.

TPS is a form of humanitarian relief made available to nationals of certain countries where there are conditions that, according to a definition that appears on many websites, “prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.”

Haiti was designated as such a country in 2010. Twelve other countries are also similarly designated. However, each country’s designation must be renewed every 18 months for its nationals to remain eligible for TPS. If Haiti’s designation is to be renewed, Secretary Kelly must announce the decision around May 23, 2017, 60 days prior to the current designation’s expiration.[…]

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