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URGE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) TO EXTEND TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS) FOR HAITI
More than 58,000 Haitians are at risk of having their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) ended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TPS allows these individuals to temporarily remain in the U.S. and support themselves legally while Haiti is being rebuilt. Haiti is still recovering from the destruction caused there by Hurricane Matthew, which occurred in October, 2016, and is said to be the nation's largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. Plus, Haiti is plagued with a severe cholera epidemic and food shortages.
Some in the Trump administration are recommending that TPS for Haitians be ended. SISTERS ONLINE is asking those who log onto our site to take action by writing to the Secretary of DHS, John F. Kelly.
Below is a sample letter you can send or information for a phone call to Secretary Kelly:
Dear Secretary Kelly:
I am contacting you with regard to TPS for Haitians and asking for an additional 18 months of legal protection for them in the United States.
Due to Haiti's cholera epidemic, food shortage, and ongoing recovery from natural disasters, Haitians cannot be safely returned to Haiti at this time. Returning the thousands who have received TPS to Haiti could contribute to destabilizing the small nation and could potentially bring harm to those returned.
I believe our nation has a moral responsibility to provide continued temporary protection until Haitians' return and reintegration can be safely accomplished. I'm concerned about the common good of these Haitians and their safety if they were returned to their home country at this point.
Therefore, I ask you to extend TPS and offer the Haitian community the protection they need.
Secretary John F. Kelly
Thanks for taking action!
CONGRESS--SUPPORT THE BRIDGE ACT
SISTERS ONLINE anticipates there will be more coming from President Trump with regard to immigration, eg: the elimination of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program that enables immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to be educated and then attain a work visa if they wish to do so. As of right now, Trump has not acted on DACA, but we know that this program certainly is not safe under a Trump administration.
We believe it's time to act before President Trump ends the program. Lets be proactive on this. That's where the BRIDGE Act comes in! The BRIDGE Act would provide similar provisional protection to DACA recipients, allowing immigrants brought as children to get work permits and receive an education while delaying their deportations. The BRIDGE Act is a temporary legislative solution that would remove the immediate threat of removing DACA protections.
On February 20, legislators will be back in their home districts. Please contact them and urge them to support the BRIDGE Act.
Thanks so much for getting involved. There are so many immigrants in our country who are now living in fear. Please help them by acting and praying for them.