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.
Haiti was initially designated for TPS after the 2010 earthquake, allowing Haitians who were in the United States as of the date of the earthquake to remain in the U.S. Haiti was redesignated for TPS in 2011, and it has been extended thereafter because DHS determined severe conditions would not allow Haitians to return safely. The most recent extension ends on July 22, 2017. Kelly has full discretion to extend TPS based upon country conditions.