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Pressley, Bush, Jones Lead Letter Urging Biden Administration to … – Representative Ayanna Pressley

December 1, 2022
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WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), and Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17) led 14 of their colleagueson a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging the Department to extend and redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
“Given the deteriorating situation in Haiti, this Administration should prioritize humanitarian relief, especially given the positive impact that extending and redesignating Haiti for TPS will have for our nation,” the lawmakers wrote. “As Haitians face an unprecedented crisis in their home country, we strongly urge the Administration to extend the 2021 designation and redesignate Haiti for TPS, swiftly release the Federal Register Notice, and provide a minimum 180-day registration period for both current TPS holders and new beneficiaries under redesignation.”
 Haiti is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of violence in decades. Gang blockades at a fuel terminal left Haitians without essential supplies they need to survive. Haitian nationals in the U.S. who fled violence, persecution, and poverty have faced numerous barriers imposed by the Administration. Extending and redesignating Haiti for TPS would help protect Haitians against deportation, and enable them to work and travel in the U.S.
A copy of the letter can be found here.
Joining Representatives Pressley, Bush and Jones on the letter are Representatives Troy Carter, Kathy Castor, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Yvette Clarke, Val Demings, Jesús “Chuy” García, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jan Schakowsky, Mikie Sherill, Darren Soto, Rashida Tlaib, and Bonnie Watson Coleman.
Massachusetts is home to the third largest Haitian diaspora community in the country, with approximately 46,000 Haitians and Haitian-Americans living across the state and over half in the Boston metropolitan area. Additionally, Massachusetts is home to more than 4,700 Haitians with Temporary Protected Status.
As a founding co-chair of the House Haiti Caucus, Rep. Pressley has been an outspoken critic of the Title 42 policy, which has been weaponized to deny migrants—including Haitian and other Black migrants—their legal right to claim asylum in the United States. 
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