Haitians need Temporary Protected Status

Children wait in a line on Christmas Day 2008 to receive medical treatment from the members of the Brazilian contingent of the U.N. (U.N. Photo/Marco Dormino)

Children wait in a line on Christmas Day 2008 to receive medical treatment from the members of the Brazilian contingent of the U.N. (U.N. Photo/Marco Dormino)

Jesuit Refugee Service provides humanitarian assistance to Haitian refugees and migrants dwelling along the Haitian border with the Dominican Republic. Our field office in Ouanaminthe, Haiti has seen the effects of both the food crisis and the storms in the last year . Haitian society is fragile and the U.S. plan to deport 30,000 Haitians to the storm ravaged nation represents a grave security and humanitarian concern.

“Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will allow the Haitian government to invest its limited resources into rebuilding damaged infrastructure and offering emergency relief to its suffering citizens,” said Shaina Aber, associate for policy of the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, in an e-mail to the White House.

In a letter dated March 19, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged President Obama to designate Haiti for TPS for a period of 18 months.

A designation of TPS permits nationals of a designated country to reside in the United States legally and qualify for work authorization because of civil conflict or natural disaster in their home country. Eighteen months is the longest period under law that a country can be designated for TPS, although such a designation may be renewed.

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