FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2017
Contacts: Paromita Shah, Associate Director, NIPNLG, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-227-9727 x1
Terminating Haiti’s TPS designation jeopardizes regional stability and security, betrays the moral values still held by many in the U.S., and would impair Haiti’s fragile recovery efforts, placing tens of thousands of families in harm’s way.
The Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living in the United States is destructive, anti-immigrant, and morally wrong.
TPS was created to provide protection to individuals living in the U.S. when it is unsafe for them to return home--precisely the conditions Haiti faces today. TPS is reserved for situations in which a country has been devastated so thoroughly, that returning home poses a grave danger to the public. Trump’s cancellation of TPS for Haitians is yet another example of his anti-immigrant, anti-Black, and nativist agenda.
The conditions on the ground in Haiti are disastrous. The events of the past 7 years in Haiti are unprecedented--earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and the recent cholera epidemic introduced by U.N. peacekeepers. Haiti is rebuilding but the pace is slow-going, interrupted by repeated natural disasters. Haiti’s basic infrastructure and economy remain unstable. Haitian lives, livelihood, and wellbeing are severely threatened. It would simply be impossible to absorb the 58,000 Haitians currently living in the U.S. who would be forced out under Trump.
Under the law, the U.S. government is required to take into consideration the current conditions on the ground in a country, if they pose a serious risk to the health and safety of TPS holders were they to be returned home. Terminating Haiti’s TPS designation jeopardizes regional stability and security, betrays the moral values still held by many in the U.S., and would impair Haiti’s fragile recovery efforts, placing tens of thousands of families in harm’s way.
As President Trump threatens to expel approximately 58,000 displaced Haitians TPS holders currently living in the U.S., NIPNLG stands ready to resist. This fight is not over. We stand with our Haitian neighbors, friends, family, and communities, today, tomorrow, and into the future.