Displaced Haitians Will Be Allowed to Stay in US an Extra 18 Months

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, September 24, 2012

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended temporary protected status for Haitians living in the United States for another 18 months, beginning Jan. 22, 2013.

The Department of Homeland Security is expected to publish a notice in the Federal Register this week announcing the decision, which will allow about 60,000 Haitian citizens to remain in the United States until July 2014. {snip}

Haitian advocates and immigration activists welcomed the news and said they were grateful, but complained that a double standard and discrimination against Haitians continue.

“We had no doubts that TPS would be extended given the in-country conditions right now. We just were not sure if it was going to happen before or after the elections,” said Marleine Bastien, founder of Haitian Women of Miami. “We are grateful that it’s extended even though it is with the same failings that we have brought to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.”

Bastien said students who arrived in South Florida after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti cannot go to college because they are being charged prohibitive out-of-state tuition. Some who are in nursing school cannot sit for their nursing exam because of their TPS status.

She also said Haitians continue to be deported to Haiti despite the sluggish recovery from the earthquake and a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 7,000 and infected more than a half million people.

Also of concern for Bastien and other activists is what they say is DHS’ refusal to approve a Haitian family reunification parole for thousands of Haitian families who have already been approved to join their U.S.-citizen and legal-resident family members in the United States. According to the department’s own statistics, there are 112,000 Haitians in the pipeline.


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  • jedsrael

    Their votes will be counted in multiples.

  • Puggg

    After 18 months?  They’ll get another extension.

    They’re never going back.

    • The__Bobster

      Just like the Salvadoreans.

  • Hey guys, that news article also uses Disqus.  Comment over there.

  • So why isn’t a SINGLE African country stepping in to help their brothers and sisters?  WHY must it always fall to the White tax payers of the US to take care of Non-American blacks?

    • I am sure that living in some African countries is better than living in Haiti.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      I am sure the blacks in Africa don’t want their Haitian brothers.


  • JackKrak

    Let me point out – for the millionth time – that immigrants from (insert nation) can be “reunified” with their families with a single one-way ticket…

  • Is this situation going to be like the Liberians who received TPS every 18 months for 18 years and after their civil war ended a new president was elected, the US wanted them to go back home. But they refused because the conditions there were difficult. The purpose of TPS is to allow those without legal status in the country to work and send money home to prevent more illegals from entering the country. You are not supposed to go to college. You do not have permanent residency status. When the situation permits, you are supposed to go home.

  • tickyul

    Oh my, aren’t those the people who look crazy and love wielding machetes………oh, maybe that is the Nigerians…..probably both.

  • 1Forced_Registration

    The Haitians in America are going to end up like the Turks in Germany; except the Turks that came were a hell of a lot more assimilable initially. We aren’t going to be able to get rid of them. The government of Haiti wont want them back, and one excuse after another will be made to allow them to remain here.

    The sad thing is, even most American blacks don’t want them here. In the eyes of a majority of American blacks — the Haitians are like the Special Olympics of black people.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     The reason why their problems becomes our problems is because this country has a whole suffers from co-dependency: The need to be needed. Which stems from insecurity.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     There was a movie in the 1970s called “The Deep” with Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte. They were on the Island of Bermuda, and they found some morphine on a sunken WWII ship. A group of Haitians found out and were trying to kill them to get it. I t seems that back then they knew about the behavior of Haitians.