Reactions to the Extension and Redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status

Reactions to the Extension and Redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status

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Extension and Redesignation of TPS for Haiti “Advances American Interests and Values”

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Washington, DC — The following is a statement from Vanessa Cárdenas, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the Biden Administration’s announcement of the extension and redesignation of Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Haiti.

“Today’s redesignation and extension of TPS for Haiti is a welcome development that advances American interests and values, keeps families together, and offers reminders of the dueling visions and larger stakes for this election across the nation.

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While one party is proposing to end TPS, deport people by the millions, and separate even deeply rooted immigrants, President Biden is making it clear that he prioritizes keeping families together with actions like this one on TPS.

We commend the Biden administration for today’s announcement and hope there will be no more deportation flights to Haiti. We want to uplift, honor, and thank the Haitian community leaders and organizations whose tireless advocacy made this moment possible.”

Clarke Celebrates Temporary Protected Status Renewal For Haiti

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) released the following statement regarding the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement of the extension and redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months:

“The Administration’s action to redesignate and extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians residing in our nation could not come at a more pivotal moment. For years, our cherished Caribbean ally has remained in the grips of a devastating and destructive series of political, economic, and violent crises. It would be unconscionable for the United States to have returned innocent families to the dire and dangerous situation that Haiti is currently confronting. Thankfully, today’s decision will provide an estimated 309,000 Haitian nationals the safety and security they deserve while their country works to overcome its ongoing struggles. I am grateful to Secretary Mayorkas for both his dedication to protecting vulnerable communities from tragic human rights abuses, and his devotion to upholding our foundational principle that this nation must remain a sanctuary for those seeking relief and refuge from persecution. The United States owes a debt to Haiti – and this necessary decision represents but one step in the long road to repaying it.”

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. Editorial credit: lev radin /

Immigrant Advocates Applaud TPS Re-Designation and Extension for Haiti, Demand Permanent Pathway to Citizenship

New York, NY—Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced the extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, benefiting an estimated 309,000 people who may become newly eligible for TPS.

The extension for current TPS holders is for an additional 18 months, from August 4, 2024, through February 3, 2026.

The redesignation of Haiti for TPS allows Haitian nationals residing in the United States as of June 3, 2024, to apply for TPS through February 3, 2026, so long as they meet all eligibility requirements.

Current TPS Haiti holders must re-register during the 60-day period from July 1, 2024, through August 30, 2024, to maintain their status and work authorization.

Murad Awawdeh, President and CEO, New York Immigration Coalition:

“New York City has one of the largest concentrations of Haitians in the United States, as well as one of the oldest established Haitian communities in the country. Throughout the state, New York has gained new neighbors and community members from Haiti. The extension and redesignation of TPS for Haiti is a vital step to ensure that Haitian New Yorkers can maintain the safety and security they deserve, as their home country conditions remain unstable. While we applaud the Biden administration for recognizing the urgency of the situation on the ground in Haiti, we urge leadership in Congress and the White House to take necessary action and establish a permanent pathway to citizenship for Haitian Americans and so many others who live with the uncertainty of what the future will bring when they only have temporary relief.”

DHS Extends and Redesignates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status

Washington, D.C. – The Biden administration announced today the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for 18 months from Aug. 4, 2024, to Feb. 3, 2026. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas also redesignated Haiti for TPS, allowing Haitian nationals already residing in the United States as of June 3, 2024 to apply for temporary protection and work authorization. There are currently more than 200,000 Haitians with TPS living in the U.S.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Editorial credit: Tennessee Witney /

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) decision will enable about an additional 309,000 eligible Haitians to temporarily live and seek legal work authorization in the U.S. without fear of deportation. DHS cited violence, insecurity, and limited access to safety, health care, food, and water stemming from ongoing gang violence as the basis for the decision.
The following is a statement by Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of Global Refuge, said:

“We commend the Biden administration for recognizing the true protection needs of Haitians living here in the United States with today’s announcement. This decision will provide hundreds of thousands of Haitian nationals a lifesaving reprieve from a country ravaged by gang violence and ill-equipped to safely receive returning nationals. While today’s announcement is welcomed, it also demonstrates the Biden administration’s inconsistencies regarding Haitian migration given DHS’s resumption of deportation flights to Haiti earlier this year. Returning Haitians back to their home country when the situation is dire and unsafe contradicts the Biden administration’s stated goal of global humanitarian leadership and support of the Haitian people during this volatile time. The situation in Haiti is alarming enough that the State Department has evacuated its own diplomatic personnel and listed the nation on its “do not travel” advisory list. Given how dangerous conditions remain in Haiti, we call on the White House to halt Haitian deportation flights immediately.”

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