Statement on Trump Administration’s Phasing out of TPS for Haitians

Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-In-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society, released the following statement tonight responding to the Trump Administration’s phasing out of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians.

“Although we are relieved that the TPS designation for Haitian nationals will be extended for 18 months, we are deeply dismayed that the Administration has prematurely decided to terminate the designation at the end of that period. The grave humanitarian concerns that gave rise to TPS after the January 2010 Haitian earthquake continue to exist, and it is too soon to tell whether the country will have sufficiently recovered 18 months from now to stand on its own.

Once the TPS re-registration period is announced in the coming days, affected Haitians will be able to contact The Legal Aid Society at (844) 955-3425 or to schedule a renewal appointment, at which we will also screen applicants for other, hopefully more permanent forms of immigration relief.”