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DHS extends temporary protected status for Haitians – News 13 Orlando

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Biden Administration is extending temporary legal status for Haitians in the United States, after determining that conditions in the Caribbean nation are too perilous to force them to return right now.
The decision means that Haitians already living in the U.S. under a grant of Temporary Protected Status will have those protections extended another 18 months until August 3, 2024. And, Haitians who were in the U.S. on November 6 but do not have protected status can apply for those temporary protections.  
Individuals granted protected status have the right to work in the U.S. and cannot be detained by the Department of Homeland Security because of their immigration status.
In a statement, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, “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.”
Haiti is one of 15 foreign countries whose citizens in the U.S. have been granted protected status because of fraught conditions in their homelands.
Last week several House Democrats, including four members from Florida, which has a large Haitian population sent a letter to DHS calling for the TPS expansion and extension. 
Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings, a co-chair of the House Haiti Caucus, praised the administration’s response tweeting, "I am grateful to hear the Biden admin will extend and redesignate Haiti for TPS, protecting Haitians in Florida and nationwide."
Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida also said, “I support renewing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible Haitians in the U.S. As the island continues to confront political and economic instability as well as an increase in gang violence, we stand with our neighbors who cannot currently return to their beloved homeland.”
It’s important to note that under the DHS decision "Haitians entering the United States after November 6, 2022, including those who might be considering entering now, are not eligible" for protected status.

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