Stand With Haitian TPS Holders

September 20, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)

This Event is Hosted By Boston’s Haitian Community and we are meeting on the front steps of the massachusetts state house.

H.A.U. (Haitian-Americans United, Inc.) which is a non-profit organization founded in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to improve the quality of life for Haitians and Haitian-Americans through education, Community Empowerment and cultural development, using an approach where participation and unity are strongly favored.

Purpose Of The Rally:

About 50,000 Haitians who arrived in the US before January 12, 2011, one year after Haiti’s earthquake, have TPS; most arrived years before it struck. They work and have community ties including US-born children; their remittances support hundreds of thousands back in Haiti.

After having regularly renewed Haiti’s TPS designation in successive 18-month increments, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in early 2017 threatened to end it, but a campaign in which IJDH played a key role won a grudging six-month extension, to January 22, 2018. We are coordinating and participating in renewed efforts to stave off termination and win an 18 month extension: deportations to Haiti remain unsafe due to incomplete earthquake recovery, the unchecked cholera epidemic, and the ravages of Hurricane Irma and Matthew. Haiti can’t safely assimilate 50,000 new deportees nor replace their crucial remittances. Meanwhile, insecurity about the administration’s intentions has caused many Haitians to cross into Canada, where their reception is uncertain. #SAVETPS