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Bichotte-Hermelyn Praises Extension Of TPS For Haitians – New … – NYCaribNews

Thursday, December 22, 2022

On Tuesday, the Joe Biden administration’s decision to extend Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months was encouraged by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), the umbrella organization for more than 200 groups in New York State. Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, the leader of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, also expressed her support.
The TPS will be extended from February 4, 2023, until August 3, 2024, according to a statement released by the administration on Monday.
In addition, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, secretary of homeland security, “redesignated Haiti for TPS,” enabling Haitian citizens living in the United States as of November 6, 2022, to apply for TPS through August 3, 2024, “so long as they meet all eligibility requirements.”
Over 56,000 Haitians are registered in the program, and 5,200 of them are in New York State, according to the National Immigration Forum.
In terms of the number of Haitians living in the United States, New York City is regarded as second only to Miami.
According to Caribbean Life, Murad Awawdeh, executive director of NYIC, a large number of Haitians fled violent displacement and natural disaster earlier this century and entered the US as refugees.
“The extension and redesignation of TPS for Haiti recognizes the ongoing political instability and the continuing crisis in Haiti,” he noted. “We applaud the Biden administration for extending and redesignating TPS for Haiti, as Haitian New Yorkers cannot return to a country that continues to be unsafe and in turmoil.”
Awawdeh also encouraged the Biden administration to extend and redesignate TPS for Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mauritania, and El Salvador.
The 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn is represented by the daughter of Haitian immigrants, Bichotte Hermelyn, who stated that “Haiti is reeling from multiple crises.”
She listed them as COVID-19, political unrest, and natural tragedies like the killing of their previous president.
“The US needs to aid the people of Haiti in their homeland and in our nation as they desperately face these problems,” she told the press.
She expressed, “I sincerely thank all the advocates and legislators, including members of the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON), who supported the Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act.”
Furthermore, Bichotte Hermelyn expressed her gratitude to US Senate Majority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer for ” leading the Senate passage of the sweeping bill, which will extend and predesignate TPS for Haitians in the US, along with measuring the progress of post-disaster recovery and promoting efforts to address corruption, governance, rule of law and media freedoms.”
Schumer (D-NY) praised the move made by the Biden administration on Monday and said he was “proud” that the administration had followed his plea to redesignate Haiti for TPS, safeguarding Haitians in New York and around the nation.
In response to the simultaneous crises of political unrest, food insecurity, and environmental disaster, he told Caribbean Life press media, “Providing temporary protection to Haitian nationals in the United States is critically important as Haiti continues to face extreme physical conditions and deteriorating political instability.”
Schumer remarked, “congress created Temporary Protected Status to keep people from harm.” He added, “today’s action will grant more than 100,000 Haitians in the US the opportunity to gain Temporary Protected Status and to receive that protection in America.”
Haitians arriving in the country after November 6, 2022, Mayorkas said in a statement on Monday, “are not eligible for TPS and, like other individuals without a legal basis to remain in the United States, will be subject to removal”
“To repeat: Haitians entering the United States after Nov. 6, 2022, including those who might be considering entering now, are not eligible for TPS,” he noted. “We are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to Haitian nationals already present in the United States. “The conditions in Haiti, including socioeconomic challenges, political instability, and gang violence and crime – aggravated by environmental disaster – compelled the humanitarian relief we are providing today.”
Mayorkas extended and reclassified Haiti for TPS, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), after consulting with interagency partners and “careful consideration of the extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti, including a prolonged political crisis; grave insecurity and gang crime that worsened a dire economic situation; a lack of access to food, water, fuel and health care during a resurgence of cholera; and the recent catastrophic earthquakes.”
The statement further noted, “It is, as indicated above, important to note that TPS will apply only to those individuals who already have been residing in the United States as of Nov. 6, 2022, and who meet all other requirements.”
“Those who attempt to travel to the United States after this announcement will not be eligible for TPS and, if they enter irregularly or without legal authorization, will be subject to repatriation.”
According to DHS, a short Federal Register notice will outline the eligibility requirements, time frames, and procedures required for current beneficiaries to re-register and renew Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), as well as for new applicants to submit an initial application under the redesignation and apply for an EAD.
 
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