Friday, January 22, 2010

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in U.S.


With 200,000 feared killed in the recent Haitian earthquake, the U.S. Government has established Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians currently residing in the U.S. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that there are an estimated 100,000 - 200,000 Haitian immigrants currently in the U.S -- temporarily or without authorization, and 535,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States. The designation of TPS status means that the Haitians here temporarily or without authorization will not be removed from the U.S. This relief from removal is temporary, and a humanitarian form of relief that does not include the granting of permanent residence in the U.S., nor the granting of "amnesty" to unauthorized immigrants.
The regulations governing TPS:
"TPS is a form of humanitarian relief "that may be granted under the following conditions:
  • There is ongoing armed conflict posing serious threats to personal safety
  • a foreign state requests TPS because it temporarily cannot handle the return of nationals due to environmental disaster
  • there are extraordinary and temporary conditions in a foreign state that prevent aliens from returning provided that granting TPS is consistent with US. national interests.
Some other nationals from countries that were granted TPS:
Sudan
Somalia
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Burundi
Liberia
Sierra Leone
Angola
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Kosovo Province of Serbia
Rwanda
Lebanon
Kuwait