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Along with other Catholic partners, CLINIC April 17 called on DHS Secretary Kelly to extend the designation for Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration & Refugee Services, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA were partners in the letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. It said that the conditions in Haiti caused by a devastating earthquake, an ongoing cholera outbreak and a Category 4 hurricane have left the country too damaged and fragile for its citizens to safely return home.

A majority of the nation’s governors have declared that their states will no longer welcome refugees from Syria. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block resettlement of Syrians for an undetermined length of time, demanding that the State Department revamp its already comprehensive and strict vetting process.