Bill Seeks to Extend Haitian’s Temporary Protection Status

A bipartisan bill to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals has been introduced to U.S. Congress as tens of thousands face possible deportation.

The office of U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat who represents Florida’s 24th district, said that TPS should be extended “until Haiti has demonstrably recovered from a series of natural and manmade disasters.”

The bill, which has 36 co-sponsors, would extend TPS for Haitians by 18 months.

“Haiti is enmeshed in a long and extremely challenging process of rebuilding its infrastructure and economy,” Wilson said in a statement. “It would be both cruel and heartless of the United States to unnecessarily sentence nearly 60,000 people who have been living and working in the United States to lives of uncertainty and abject despair.”

The Department of Homeland Security has until Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Day – to announce a decision for tens of thousands of Haitian TPS recipients.

The DHS also has a Monday deadline to announce plans for the 57,000 Hondurans and 2,500 Nicaraguans whose TPS protections will expire in early January, The Washington Post reported.