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Progress on permanent residency House bill and federal lawsuits provide little comfort for some Haitian TPS holders

Little Haiti, Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre

Update: On April 11, U.S. District Judge William F. Kuntz of the Eastern District of New York issued a nationwide temporary injunction preventing DHS from terminating Temporary Protected Starus, TPS, for Haitians.Kuntz said 50,000 to 60,000 Haitians and their U.S.-born children would suffer “irreparable harm” if the legal protection ended and they were forced to return to a country that is not safe. Read more

By Claire Savage

A path to permanent residency via new legislation and a progressing Baltimore lawsuit against Haitian Temporary Protection Status (TPS) rescission are positive developments for the Haitian community, but may be too little too late for some TPS holders. Last month, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard introduced a bill that would offer a path to permanent residency for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Deferred Enforced Departure and TPS immigrants. On the same day, a Maryland court denied the government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit arguing that TPS removal was racially motivated, and moved to proceed with the case — a significant win for the Haitian community and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who filed the original suit.

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Claire Savage

Claire Savage

Claire Savage is a freelance journalist who specializes in covering international news. She earned her bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Business at Washington University in St. Louis and is currently earning her master's degree in journalism at American University in Washington, D.C.
Claire Savage
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Apr. 12, 2019