Urgent Call for Extension and Redesignation of TPS for Haiti

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — As we enter the Easter season, a time of renewal and hope, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) stands in solidarity with the Haitian community and calls for immediate action to protect and support those who have sought refuge in the United States.

In light of ongoing challenges in Haiti, exacerbated by recent political turmoil and continued natural disasters, it is imperative that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) be extended for Haitian nationals already granted TPS, and redesignated to include those who have arrived more recently.

"During this Easter season, we are reminded of the importance of compassion, justice, and solidarity with the most vulnerable among us," said Anna Gallagher CLINIC Executive Director. "The current situation in Haiti makes it unsafe for individuals to return, and deportation flights to Haiti must be halted. It is unjust and inhumane to repatriate people to a country in crisis, where they may face persecution, violence, or other serious threats to their safety and well-being."

Family reunifications for Haitians must be prioritized to speed up reuniting loved ones and ensuring their safety. Families belong together, and it is essential that we prioritize the reunification of families torn apart by forced separation and displacement. CLINIC joined 481 immigration, human rights, faith-based, and civil rights organizations to request an extension and redesignation of Haiti for TPS and a moratorium on deportations to the country.

CLINIC urges the Biden administration to heed this call and take immediate action to extend and redesignate TPS for Haiti, halt deportation flights, and prioritize family reunifications. Together, we can create a more just and compassionate society where everyone is protected and treated with dignity and respect.