MEDIA STATEMENT May 24, 2021
Contact: LCLAA National/202-508-6919
Washington D.C.- The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement issues the following statement in reaction to the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announcement that Haiti will be redesignated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS):
The announcement made by the Biden / Harris administration through the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is a much-appreciated breath of fresh air. This is a victory for the countless Haitians who have been in limbo since the Trump administration announced in 2017 that it would end Haitian Temporary Protective Status in mid-2019.
The re-designation of Haiti under TPS protects the existing beneficiaries of the program and any Haitian nationals who have arrived in the United States since the last designation in 2017 but bars Haitians arriving at the United States after the announcement.
The public outcry coupled with concerns over human rights abuses and the crippling impact the coronavirus has had on Haiti proves that we must continue fighting for those facing injustices. In addition, we must continue to urge the Biden administration to ensure TPS for other nationals at risk of deportation and seeking refuge, opportunities, and family reunification in the United States. Finally, this is also a call for Congress to provide a clear path to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented people.
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