Temporary Protected Status still required to heal Haiti

The Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel report that Haitians are still seeking Temporary Protected Status, which would stop the deportation proceedings against about 30,000 Haitians in the United States, and allow them to apply for work permits and send desperately needed remittances back to Haiti. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA supports the Haitians and believe that TPS should be granted immediately.

A year after a string of storms battered Haiti, South Florida Haitian leaders are stepping up efforts to press the Obama administration to activate a designation that would allow some 30,000 Haitians in the United States to seek employment.

“Our people need a work permit to continue contributing to this country and to provide for their families,” said the Rev. Jonas Georges, a pastor at All Nations Presbyterian Church in North Miami Beach. “It is a status that the president can say, with the stroke of a pen, ‘there it is.’ ”

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