Trump Administration Turns Its Back on the Haitian Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2017

Contact: 

Natalia Jaramillo, natalia@domesticworkers.org

Women Condemn Trump’s Termination of TPS for Haiti, Call on Congress to Act Immediately to Protect Families with TPS

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Washington, D.C. - The Trump Administration announced plans this evening to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti effective July 22, 2019, putting 50,000 Haitians and their families at risk of deportation.

The following is a statement from We Belong Together, a women-led campaign for immigration policies that keep families together:

“We condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. This decision is wrong and unconscionable. Six months ago the Administration extended TPS for Haiti, acknowledging that the island was still suffering from the effects of the devastating earthquake that prompted the initial designation in 2010. Since then, Haiti has been slammed by two hurricanes, cholera remains rampant, and thousands of Haitians are still displaced from their homes. Haiti is simply unable to take back 50,000 nationals, and if the Trump Administration did its job instead of prioritizing its white nationalist, anti-immigrant agenda, it would have continued to extend Haiti’s TPS designation.

Haitian TPS holders have been living in our country for nearly a decade; they are our neighbors and colleagues. They take care of our children and families, and have raised their own families as well. What will happen to their children? Trump is forcing parents to leave them behind, or forcing children who are U.S. citizens to leave the country they were born in.

This is the third TPS termination in three months. The Trump Administration has made clear that its goal is to end the TPS program altogether and we are concerned about the next TPS announcement coming in January 2018 that puts almost 200,000 Salvadoran TPS holders at risk.

Congress has the power to stop this. We Belong Together calls on Congress to act quickly to protect the more than 430,000 individuals and families who have made their homes in the US thanks to TPS. There is bipartisan agreement in Congress that a permanent solution for this population must be found and it is imperative that Congress act now. We cannot wait for hundreds of thousands of people to lose their status and risk deportation, losing everything.”