Washington, Dec 5 The United States government this Monday announced another 18-month extension to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haitian citizens, which will now expire on August 3, 2024.
Without this extension, TPS for Haitians would have expired on February 4, 2023, but “extraordinary and temporary conditions” prevailing in the Caribbean country prompted the government to extend it, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also re-designated Haiti as a TPS beneficiary country, allowing Haitian citizens living in the US as of November 6, 2022, to apply for TPS until November 3, 2022. August 2024, provided they satisfy all the eligibility requirements.
Haitians who entered the US after November 6, 2022, however, are not eligible for TPS and therefore risk deportation if they entered the country illegally.
“We are already providing much-needed humanitarian assistance to Haitian citizens in the United States,” Mayorkas said, adding that “the socioeconomic challenges in Haiti are exacerbated by the environmental disaster, including political instability and mass violence and crime.” Circumstances forced it.” humanitarian aid that we provide today”.
Reasons given by the US government for extending and renewing TPS to Haiti are the prolonged political crisis, severe insecurity, and gang crime, which worsened the dire economic situation, requiring food, water, fuel, and medicine during the resurgence. cholera and the recent devastating earthquake.