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Temporary Protected Status Designation for Haiti Extended for an Additional Six Months

Haitian nationals have been protected from deportation from the U.S. for more than seven years since an earthquake struck Haiti, and on May 22, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will extend the benefit of this Temporary Protected Status, from July 23, 2017 through January 22, 2018.

This means that more than 50,000 victims of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake will be allowed to remain in the U.S. with work authorizations, until January 22, 2018.

Before January 22, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security will re-evaluate the designation for Haiti and decide whether extension, redesignation, or termination is warranted.

The leadership of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), of which I am a member, has taken the position that the Department of Homeland Security should renew the Temporary Protected Status for a full eighteen months in January 2018, because six more months is not sufficient to have Haiti’s infrastructure sufficiently rebuilt, for cholera and other diseases to pose less of a threat, and also, to safely absorb the repatriation of 50,000 people back into Haiti.

We should know more about what will happen to the Temporary Protected status of the Haitian earthquake victims, prior to January 22, 2018.

Stay tuned.