ICYMI: Over 300,000 Honduran, Nicaraguan, Haitian, and Salvadoran immigrants await a mass deportation decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

ICYMI: Over 300,000 Honduran, Nicaraguan, Haitian, and Salvadoran immigrants await a mass deportation decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

11/6/17 Decision deadline for 59,550 Hondurans and Nicaraguans: 7 DAYS
11/23/17 Decision deadline for 50,000 Haitians: 24 DAYS
01/08/18 Decision deadline for 195,000 Salvadorans: 70 DAYS

Immigrant advocates and officials are warning Florida’s economy could suffer if the U.S. government does not renew a program that protects almost 45,000 Haitians and Central Americans in the state from deportation.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime said Friday that Florida could lose nearly $2 billion annually if President Donald Trump’s administration does not renew Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, Hondurans and Salvadorans.

Haitian-born Monestime worries immigrants working in construction and service industries would lose work permits. Groups say there are thousands of U.S.-born children with parents under the program.

Dozens of immigrants in Massachusetts are expected to attend a vigil calling for the renewal of a federal program that protects them from deportation.

The group TPS Committee of Massachusetts is organizing the Friday event outside the Massachusetts Statehouse in support of the Temporary Protected Status program.

Immigrant advocates fear President Donald Trump’s administration may move to end a long-standing program that shields tens of thousands of Central American immigrants from deportation.

The U.S. created the program known as Temporary Protected Status to assist citizens whose countries are ravaged by natural disasters and war. Ten countries are currently designated to participate: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

They say thousands from Florida face deportation if ‘Temporary Protected Status’ ends.

With thousands of immigrants in Florida facing possible deportation, immigrant advocates and others on Friday called on the Trump administration to extend the deadline nationwide for those with Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

“By failing to renew TPS, they will worsen the situation, forcing 300,000 individuals back into the shadows,” Maria Rodriguez, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, said at a press conference on Friday morning at the iconic Freedom Tower, a historic Miami landmark known as the “Ellis Island of the South.” It once served as a U.S. clearinghouse for Cuban exiles fleeing Fidel Castro.

South Florida immigrant advocates are urging the Trump administration to not separate families as it decides whether or not to continue to extend legal protection to more than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians who have been allowed to temporarily live and work in the United States.

The plea, delivered Friday on the steps of downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower, comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security prepares to decide in the coming weeks whether to extend Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, to immigrants from Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador.

Time is running out for Haitians living in the United States under temporary protected status. TPS is set to expire in January, unless the Trump Administration acts by next month.

Rain or shine, Haitian Immigrants said they want to stay in South Florida during a march Saturday.

“We are here in front of the immigration offices to ask the Trump Administration to renew temporary protected status for 18 months for citizens of Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador,” said Marleine Bastien, the executive director of Haitian Women of Miami. 

TPS holders are typically low-to-moderate income households with significant roots in our economy. According to the Center for Migration Studies, TPS holders have high levels of labor force participation, low unemployment rates, and have average annual incomes of $34,918. About 30% of TPS holders are homeowners and 11% are business-owners.

Forcing TPS holders into an undocumented status will subject them to deportation and could increase the number of foreclosures in metropolitan areas. As stated in Cornell University’s report, Deporting the American Dream, there is a direct correlation between increases in deportations of undocumented immigrants and increases in foreclosures.

Hundreds of U.S. residents who stand to lose Temporary Protected Status — including over 30 from Texas — lobbied their members of Congress this week to extend the program that has allowed them to legally live, travel and work in the United States for nearly two decades.

But lawmakers and others remain divided on whether and how to address it. The issue often is overshadowed by other immigration and border priorities.

The Temporary Protected Status program grants deportation relief and work permits to immigrants from countries in the midst of wars or environmental crises. Three of the 10 designated countries — Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti — are slated to lose that status in January.

About one in four of the 206,000 TPS beneficiaries from these three countries came to the United States when they were under 16 and more than half of Salvadorans and Hondurans have been in this country for more than 20 years.

At least half of Salvadorans, Haitians and Hondurans with Temporary Protection Status (TPS) living in the United States are homeowners and almost 100,000 mortgages would be up in the air if the Donald Trump Administration decides not to renew their legal status.

Guy Labardy is a United States citizen, but he has two brothers who are in New York on TPS, and cousins here who could be eligible for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, except that the Trump administration has threatened to terminate that program, too.

“They work. They pay their taxes. They go to college,” Labardy said. “They support the community. They come to church every Sunday.”

The left-leaning Center for American Progress estimates Haitian immigrants contribute more than 250 million dollars to the state’s economy.

Community leaders and elected officials gathered on Friday at the steps of the symbolic Freedom Tower in Biscayne Boulevard to speak out about the consequences of ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted to over 40,000 Haitians, Hondurans, and Salvadorians in South Florida.

“Deporting all these people will have a big impact on the U.S. economy, because TPS recipients they are doctors, they are nurses, they work in the industry, [they] are in all different spheres of life in the U.S.” said Marleine Bastien, executive director of Haitian Women of Miami, about the imminent expiration of TPS at the end of November.

Source: http://americasvoice.org/press_releases/articles-on-tps/