By Naeisha Rose
The fight to protect Haitians immigrants under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States is full steam ahead and resulted in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and a rally held on Monday at the Eastern District of New York Federal Courthouse.
The Jan. 7 demonstration that was held at 9 a.m. was in support of the approximately 50,000 people from Haiti who were granted TPS in the wake of 2010 earthquake. The designation however will expire on July 22, following Trump’s decision not to renew TPS.
Church groups, elected officials and TPS holders attended the rally.
“I am one of the first people of Haitian descent elected to the state Legislature,” said Long Island Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. “I am an individual who employs someone a TPS worker. My friends and family members are TPS recipients and I stand in solidarity with them.”
Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte was also in attendance.
“I represent the largest Haitian community in the whole state of New York where we just established Little Haiti,” said Bichotte. “It is a place where many Haitians come to feed their families, pay their taxes, and contribute to our society.”
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