US grants temporary protected status to Haitians again

US grants temporary protected status to Haitians again. “Today my Administration announced a new 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS...

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  • US grants temporary protected status to Haitians again.
  • “Today my Administration announced a new 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti,” Biden confirmed.
  • This measure by the Biden administration comes to reverse the efforts of his predecessor, since former President Trump had acted to end that special consideration.

The US again grants temporary protected status to Haitians. The Administration of President Joe Biden has made the decision to allow Haitians residing in the country and who meet the established requirements to apply for a new temporary protected status (TPS).

This new temporary protected status would last for 18 months. “Today my Administration announced a new 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti,” Biden confirmed this Saturday through his Twitter account.

US grants temporary protected status to Haitians again

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The new measure by the Biden administration comes to reverse the efforts of his predecessor, since former President Donald Trump had acted to end that special consideration with Haitian immigrants.

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recalled that USA You are free to offer Temporary Protected Status (TPS) when conditions exist in other countries that prevent its citizens from returning safely or if the country is unable to adequately respond to returning citizens.

TPS for Haitians

Eddy Belt, a Haitian man who has TPS, holds a sign while demonstrating for a permanent solution for holders of this immigration protection. Photo: AP

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of National Security, said in a statement issued on Saturday that they evaluated the security problems, social unrest, human rights violations and poverty in Haiti, so they decided to implement this new measure.

“After careful consideration, we determine that we must do what we can to support Haitian citizens in the United States until conditions improve in Haiti so that they can return safely to their country,” Mayorkas said.

TPS is not permanent residence

US grants temporary protected status to Haitians again
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The DHS clarified that although a person can adhere to the TPS status, this will not help that immigrant to obtain permanent residence and does not give any other immigration status. However, he indicated that if a person is under TPS, they cannot be expelled from the United States, at least for the time established by the government.

TPS for Haitians began in January 2010 after a magnitude 7 earthquake that left the country in greater misery. Since then, the United States has decided to extend protection several times.

Extending protection again and again

US grants temporary protected status to Haitians again
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Since 2010, the benefit for Haitians had been extended several times, until in January 2018 former President Trump put a stop to the consideration. Thus, on July 22, 2019, the TPS for Haiti was canceled. Even so, fighting continued in court, with several legal challenges.

Murad Awwdeh, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said in a statement that “the Biden administration ratified the United States’ commitment to its humanitarian values,” adding that 2 Haitian New Yorkers can now rest easy knowing that their families can stay longer and in their communities as a vital part of our economic and social fabric ”.

More than 100,000 beneficiaries

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The temporary protected status that is being renewed for Haitians will benefit more than 50,000 Haitians residing in the United States since 2010 and granting it to others who arrived after 2010 increases the number of beneficiaries to more than 100,000 residents, the Coalition said.

On this issue, Bob Menéndez, Democratic Senator from New Jersey, said that “The last thing our country should do is force an entire community in the United States to decide between packing their lives and separating from their families by car. -deportation, or to become undocumented and force them to live in hiding in our society ”.

When does it go into effect?

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Starting Friday, Haitians residing in the United States or people without nationality whose last place of residence was Haiti, can begin to prepare their applications as long as they meet the requirements, DHS said. The TPS will be for those who are already in the country, those who travel to the United States after the announcement will not have the same right and even run the risk of being deported.

The 18-month temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitians will take effect when it is published in the Federal Register. According to National Security, it will happen very soon and alerts people to be vigilant since it will also include the instructions to request it.

TPS for Venezuelans

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Just in March, the Biden government also granted TPS to Venezuelans. Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), confirmed the information. It’s about a Temporary Protected Statusl 18 months to Venezuelans living in the country and have not been able to regularize their immigration status until now, reported The Associated Press.

The status allows your beneficiaries to work legally in the United States and protects them from deportation. To be eligible, one of the conditions is that Venezuelans have arrived in the United States no later than March 8, he said. Alejandro Mayorkas. Some 320,000 Venezuelans could benefit from Biden’s TPS.

Venezuelans also enjoy the benefit

Venezuelan TPS Biden
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“Living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in crisis, incapable of protecting its own citizens,” the official said in a press release. Alejandro Mayorkas said that the measure will last until September 2022.

TPS can be extended to a country that meets one or more of these three conditions: an ongoing armed conflict, natural disaster, or temporary conditions. Other Latin American countries with TPS include El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Haiti.

Humanitarian measure

Venezuelan TPS Biden
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When making the announcement, the government said that it is above all a humanitarian measure caused by the extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent Venezuelans from returning to their country safely, including a humanitarian crisis marked by famine and malnutrition, the presence of numerous armed groups and repression, among other things.

At the same time, the United States will continue to evaluate its sanctions policy and will seek to generate international consensus to continue putting pressure on the Venezuelan government. The ultimate goal is for there to be a democratic solution to the current Venezuelan crisis, officials have expressed.

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