Letter to the Honorable Elaine C. Duke, Secretary of Homeland Security - Fully Extend TPS for Haitian Beneficiaries
Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) released a letter it sent to the Department of Homeland Security on Friday urging the Administration to fully extend Haiti's Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for eighteen months by the November 23 deadline. The letter was signed by all 49 members of the bicameral, bipartisan CBC. Full text of the letter is attached and online.
From Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), CBC Chairman, and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY-09), CBC Member-At-Large and Chairwoman of the CBC Immigration Working Group:
"In 16 days, the Administration may decide to force 50,000 hardworking Haitian Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries to return to a country that is facing a food insecurity crisis and cholera epidemic as it continues to rebuild in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake and Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
"Haiti is in no condition to absorb the cost of reintegrating thousands of Haitian TPS beneficiaries all at once and reintegrating them will mean that Haiti will lose remittances that these beneficiaries currently send back to the country.
"The people of Haiti have faced enormous challenges over the past seven years that are not of their making, and we should do everything in our power to help them rebuild and recover. Sending 50,000 Haitian TPS beneficiaries back to a country where they have no place to live or work will make a bad situation worse."