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In this May 2019 photo, a migrant signs a document after being vaccinated during her journey north, toward the US border. (AP photo/Arnulfo Franco)

BROOKLYN — To help some Haitian asylum seekers who struggle to pay for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) application fees, a nonprofit group in East Flatbush has teamed up with city officials to help them for free, through January 2022.

“There are more people applying than before, because of the earthquake,” said Porez Luxama, executive director of the nonprofit Life of Hope Center, about barriers to applying.

An additional 100,000 Haitians became eligible for TPS this summer after the Biden administration extended eligibility to any undocumented Haitian person living in the U.S. through July 29. The move came weeks after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Then, came the Aug. 14 earthquake in Haiti that killed at least 2,200 people.

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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.