[Blackstudies-l] Haitian “Temporary Protected Status” recipients may get extension

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Fri Nov 17 16:12:47 EST 2017


ivetteromero posted: " As the Trump administration weighs whether to end
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians and Salvadorans,
three members of the United States Congress are preparing legislation that
would allow every TPS recipient to apply for permane"
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*As the Trump administration weighs whether to end Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians and Salvadorans, three members of
the United States Congress are preparing legislation that would allow every
TPS recipient to apply for permanent residency. Caribbean Life
<https://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2017/11/2017-11-17-nk-haitian-tps-permanent-residency-cl.html>
reports:*

The bill, dubbed the ASPIRE Act, would let every person covered by TPS
before Jan. 1, 2017 to apply for permanent residency by proving before a
judge that they would face extreme hardship if forced to return home,
reported the *Miami Herald* on Monday. “The Temporary Protected Status
program was created with bipartisan support to protect human life,” said
New York Democratic Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke [featured in photo above],
the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who plans to introduce the legislation
with Miami Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Washington
Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. “It advances American interests
and values, and we must work in a bipartisan manner to do the right thing
and protect hardworking immigrants from being sent back to countries, where
their physical well-being could be cast into doubt,” added Clarke, who
represents the predominantly Caribbean 9th Congressional District in
Brooklyn.

The bill also creates a new form of “protected status” for TPS recipients
who have been in the United States for at least five years, according to
the *Herald*. It said that instead of waiting for renewal or revocation of
their status every 18 months, current TPS recipients would be able to stay
in the US for a renewable six-year period, though they would not be
eligible for permanent residency if they cannot prove extreme hardship.

Clarke’s proposal is more expansive than a bill sponsored by Miami
Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo that would provide a path to
permanent residency for TPS recipients from Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador
and Honduras who arrived in the US before Jan. 13, 2011, the Herald said.
It said Ros-Lehtinen and Miami Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
have signed on to Curbelo’s bill.

The ASPIRE Act would also correct what Clarke’s office calls an “error” in
existing law that requires TPS recipients who arrived in the US illegally
to leave the US and reenter to adjust their status, the Herald said.
Instead, it said, a TPS designation would be enough of a reason to apply
for permanent residency without having to leave the country.

Last week, the Trump administration announced that TPS for about 2,000
Nicaraguans will end in January 2019, while about 60,000 Hondurans will get
a six-month TPS extension until July 2018, instead of the typical 18
months. The US Department of Homeland Security is yet to announce a
decision for Haiti and El Salvador. A decision on Haiti must be made by
Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, the *Herald* said.

Clarke said her bill could attract Republican support because it does not
automatically give TPS recipients a path to permanent residency. A judge
must find that a TPS recipient would face extreme hardship if they return
home. “We’re not handing out green cards here,” said Clarke’s spokeswoman
Christine Bennett.

With the bulk of Haiti’s 50,000 TPS recipients residing in Florida, every
member of Congress who represents South Florida is in favor of extending
TPS for Haiti, the Herald said. [. . .]

For full article, see https://www.caribbeanlifenews.
com/stories/2017/11/2017-11-17-nk-haitian-tps-permanent-residency-cl.html

See related article at https://www.americamagazine.
org/politics-society/2017/11/16/end-temporary-protected-
status-could-send-50000-back-haiti
*ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* |
November 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Tags: deportations
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<http://repeatingislands.com/tag/haitians/>, Temporary Protected Status
<http://repeatingislands.com/tag/temporary-protected-status/>, Yvette Clarke
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