180 Days Left: Haitian Advocates Urge TPS Extension - NBC Connecticut
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

180 Days Left: Haitian Advocates Urge TPS Extension

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    180 Days Left: Haitians Urge Lawmakers to Extend TPS Status

    no description (Published Monday, July 24, 2017)

    Haitian community advocates in Miami say they're pursuing congressional action to extend "temporary" immigration protections granted to Haitians after a 2010 earthquake.

    The "temporary protected status" allowing roughly 50,000 Haitians to legally live and work here typically was renewed every 18 months. But the U.S. Department of Homeland Security most recently extended those protections only for six months, through January 2018.

    Marleine Bastien of Haitian Women of Miami said Monday that Homeland Security has sent letters to Haitians in the program urging them to prepare to return to their Caribbean homeland.

    "Today is the final day for all TPS recipients to re-register," said Bastien. She also said those affected should be concerned, but should not panic. 

    Florida Teen Returns $1,500 in Cash Found at the Beach

    [NATL] Florida Teen Returns $1,500 in Cash Found at the Beach

    Bill Reid, 14, was on Florida's Juno Beach in a walk for autism when he found $1,500 in bills buried in the sand. Instead of keeping the money, the teen decided to do the right thing.

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

    Bastien said Haitian immigrants should consult attorneys on other options to stay in the U.S. legally. Bastien said advocates also are asking U.S. lawmakers to propose legislation to make the temporary protections permanent for long-time recipients from Haiti and Central America.