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As the Haitian people continue to recover from the devastation of this week's earthquake, now is the time for President Obama to step up his support of the Haitian people and finally grant temporary protective status (TPS) to Haitians living in the U.S.

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It's time to end the deportation of Haitians who have escaped countless miseries in order to care for their families and loved ones.

It's time to grant temporary protective status now.


The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We, the undersigned national civil rights and immigrant rights organizations, urge you to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian immigrants in the U.S. as soon as possible. As organizations dedicated to advocating for fair treatment of immigrants, we have a responsibility to fight for the human rights of those who cannot return home due to the devastating destruction of their homeland. The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 has caused massive ruin to this already impoverished country. We stand united to supportthe Haitian community in the U.S. and ask for a fair application of TPS.

We appreciate that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is focusing all available emergency response resources to ameliorate the impact of the earthquake and that removals to Haiti have been temporarily suspended. In addition to these initial emergency response efforts, we believe it is imperative that the administration exercise its authority to designate Haiti for TPS pursuant to section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. We had previously written to DHS in support of a TPS designation for Haiti after the country was crippled by four hurricanes and tropical storms in a three-week period in late 2008. Despite the devastation to living conditions that precluded Haiti from safely handling the return of its nationals in the United States, no such designation occurred at that time.

Haiti has officially requested TPS on multiple prior occasions, and the chaotic conditions that the country is suffering clearly meet the criteria for TPS designation. Extending it would be one significant way to help address this catastrophe. This action would be in keeping with our country’s proud history of supporting immigrant communities whose lives and families have been battered and endangered by political and catastrophic disasters, and whose homes and towns are unlivable. We hope that you carefully consider this request and would appreciate your prompt attention to this urgent matter.

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