Because Haitians are still recovering from a series of four consecutive storms last year which devastated the island nation, there is a critical need for Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.
In December of 2008, the United States began forcibly deporting 30,000 Haitians back to their country, a country ravaged by consecutive natural disasters last September. The two hurricanes and two tropical storms that hit Haiti in devastating succession during harvest season last year killed nearly 1,000 people and left 800,000 of the country’s residents in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. The storms destroyed at least $180 million in crops, exacerbating an existing food shortage.
Several members of the U.S. Congress visited Haiti today on a fact-finding trip. Watch the story here.