BREAKING: According to Haitian newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, the Haitian government has directed Haiti’s ambassador in Washington to request an extension of Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Haitians. This request is especially significant because under U.S. law, TPS may be designated if requested by a foreign country in need.
There are only a few weeks left for Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to extend TPS for Haiti. Without the extension, 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. would be forced to return to a country still devastated by the destruction of the 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the worst cholera epidemic in recent history, and the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Matthew, which struck just six months ago.
ACT NOW to call on Secretary Kelly to meet our country’s moral obligation to protect people who cannot safely return to their home country.
Call the DHS Comment Line: (202) 282-8495 (please leave a message)
Sample Script: “I’m from [City, State, Congregation/Community] and as a person of faith, I urge Secretary Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians for at least another 18 months. Current conditions in Haiti – such as food insecurity and hunger, the cholera epidemic, and economic instability – exacerbated by Hurricane Matthew – make it unsafe for anyone to be deported to Haiti. Haitians are fleeing catastrophic conditions and should be allowed to remain in the United States.”
After you call, tweet to amplify your message:
See CLINIC’s press release on the subject. The faith community has also joined in this effort. Over 400 faith leaders and faith-based organizations from across faith traditions have signed-on to a letter to Secretary Kelly, urging him to extend TPS for Haiti for 18 months.
For more information, see our backgrounder: Temporary Protected Status for Haiti