New America Media has published a commentary supporting Temporary Protected Status for the 30,000 Haitians in the United States. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA support this designation, as it would allow the Haitians to apply for work permits and thus be able to earn money to send to help Haiti recover from last year’s devastating storms and food crisis.
President Obama should grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians immediately before more Haitians die or are impacted by natural disasters, writes Gerald Lenoir, director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration. IMMIGRATION MATTERS regularly features the views of immigration experts and advocates.
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Additionally, the Oakland Tribune published a story about advocates in the San Francisco Bay Area who are pushing for TPS.
Advocates want Obama to give Haitians who fled the country’s deadly hurricanes last year a distinction called “temporary protected status” that would allow them to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.
“A lot of people got displaced,” said Oakland resident Maria LaBossiere of the Haiti Action Network. “The infrastructure of the country got destroyed. There are already no jobs there.”