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Herold Dasque of HAUP is helping Haitian-Americans apply for TPS. Most first-time applicants must pay federal application fees of $545. Photo by Sam Bojarski

Within hours of updated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) guidelines being published on July 30, the Brooklyn office of Haitian Americans United for Progress was “bombarded” with phone calls for application assistance, said Herold “Roro” Dasque, a community liaison for the nonprofit. 

“Everybody was waiting on where to send the application,” said Dasque. “There’s an extension for Haitians due to the fact of the assassination of the president.” 

In May, the United States extended TPS to 100,000 Haitians living in the country as of May 21, following persistent widespread violence in Haiti that’s left hundreds dead. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees immigration policy enforcement, did not publish the detailed rules for applying. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.