DHS Announces Long Overdue TPS Redesignation for Haiti
Nationwide–Today, the Department of Homeland Security officially announces a redesignation of the Temporary Protected Status program (TPS).
In response to the news, members of the National TPS Alliance made the following statements:
“This is very welcome news, and although it has come later than we hoped, it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction and a testament to the power of all who came together to insist that the United States government do the right thing. This interim status will benefit many, and we will use the opportunity to continue organizing so we can ensure our brothers and sisters from other countries get the TPS they deserve. We refuse to be divided. United, we will organize, raise our voices in chorus, and protest until all of us are given the same right to permanent status afforded to the previous generation of white immigrants who came to this country before us. We expect nothing less than full equality.” –Melissa, TPS Committee of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Haitian TPS Holder
“Today’s announcement demonstrates unequivocally President Biden has untapped legal authority to protect more immigrants in the United States, and it leaves us from Central American countries to Sudan to Nepal asking, ‘y nosotros, que? What about us?’ Particularly for the large number of Central Americans currently living in the United States who have been deprived of political and economic equality by both Democrats and Republicans, the time for action from the Biden administration is now. The moral case has been made. The legal case has been made. President Biden must summon the political courage to do the right thing, and he can borrow inspiration from immigrants who have defended this nation’s most cherished values despite the vicious attacks against us. No more promises. No more excuses. We will continue working together to achieve the equality we deserve.” -Julio Perez, Massachusetts TPS Committee, Salvadoran TPS Holder