The NAACP Florida State Conference is calling on U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 50,000 long resident Haitians and who support 10 times that number of persons in Haiti.
On December 16, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security in a detailed analysis supported extension due to the continuing impacts of Hurricane Mathew added to the earlier destruction by earthquake couple with the cholera epidemic and the fragile economy and social support system available. Hurricane Matthew on October 16th left 1.4 million people in need of emergency aid and almost as many without safe water. Over 700 schools were destroyed as well as many crops and livestock. The remittances of these US residents are critical to reducing food insecurity as well as destabilizing to the families force to return. TPS is reviewed every 18 months to determine whether or not conditions have changed enough to warrant removal. It obviously now that they have not.
The NAACP supported the original TPS designation and calls upon the Secretary to extend it for an additional 18 months.
Haiti, in the 1800s, was a beacon of hope to Africans and abolitionists in the United States. Now is the time for us to return that hope and the NAACP urges concerned people to contact the Secretary of Homeland Security and tell him to let Haitians on TPS stay.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. For more information on the NAACP Florida State Conference, please visit www.FLNAACP.com or email info@FLNAACP.com.