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The United States extends its Temporary Protected Status program for Haitians

Archive – Pedestrians and vehicles on a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti – JOSE A. IGLESIAS / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACT PHOTO

The United States Government has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haiti for 18 months, alleging the “extraordinary and temporary” conditions of the Caribbean country.

This was reported in a statement by the US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, who has detailed that the end of the program will go from February 4, 2023 to August 3, 2024.

The measure allows Haitian citizens residing in the United States to apply for Temporary Protected Status until August 3, 2024, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.

Among those not eligible are those who decide to travel now to the North American country, since the program is focused on those Haitians who already live on US soil.

“We are providing much-needed humanitarian aid to Haitian citizens already in the United States,” Mayorkas said, adding that conditions in Haiti, including socioeconomic challenges, political instability, and gang violence and crime, aggravated by the environmental disaster, “compel the humanitarian aid that we offer today”.

The decision came after the Secretary of Security consulted with his inter-agency partners about the “extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti,” including a protracted political crisis, serious insecurity and gang crime — which would have worsened a “dire economic situation.” -, the lack of access to food, water, fuel and medical care during a resurgence of cholera, as well as the recent “catastrophic earthquakes”.



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