For Immediate Release
Quaker Org Speaks Out Against End of TPS for Haitians
AFSC warns of devastating impact on communities
WASHINGTON, DC and MIAMI (November 20, 2017) Today the Trump administration announced it would not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haitians living in the U.S. TPS is a provision under which the government grants protection from deportation to people from certain countries afflicted by natural disasters, war, or other dangerous conditions. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – a Quaker organization that has worked for immigrant and refugee rights for almost 100 years – condemned the decision.
“TPS recipients are integral parts of our communities here in Florida,” said Paul-Andre Mondesir, a Haitian Community Advocate for the American Friends Service Committee’s Miami program. “The current administration’s threats to TPS are just another move to target immigrants and disregard human rights. We need policies that keep our communities together rather than tearing them apart.”
There are over 50,000 Haitians with TPS in the U.S., and over 32,000 who live in Florida alone. AFSC’s Miami program and others across the country have been working hard to try and save TPS – bringing TPS holders to Washington, DC to meet with elected officials, organizing call-in days, and holding local events.
In addition to asking the Department of Homeland Security to extend TPS for all countries, AFSC is calling on Congress to take action. “TPS was the result of massive organizing and education effort by immigrants and allies across the country,” said Kathryn Johnson, Policy Impact Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. “We are now calling on Congress to enact a permanent solution that creates a swift roadmap to Lawful Permanent Residency and citizenship for all TPS recipients and the millions of other immigrants in the U.S.”
AFSC also expressed concern about the impacts of this decision on communities and local economies in Haiti, where the organization has worked for years to build local peace networks and to rebuild after the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew.
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