Friday, January 15, 2010
Good news from Washington D.C.! Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced today that "As part of the Department's ongoing efforts to assist Haiti following Tuesday's devastating earthquake, I am announcing the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. This is a disaster of historic proportions and this designation will allow eligible Haitian nationals in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months. Providing a temporary refuge for Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States and whose personal safety would be endangered by returning to Haiti is part of this Administration's continuing efforts to support Haiti's recovery."
Kudos to the Obama administration for doing the right thing!
UPDATE: Here is some information on various matters concerning immigration and Hatitian citizens in the wake of the earthquake disaster.
Haitian Relief Measures: Questions and Answers U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Jan. 15, 2010.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Director U.S. CIS: Relief beyond TPS for Haitians USCIS Haiti Field Guidance, Jan. 15, 2010.
UPDATE (Jan. 19): On MLK Day, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a humanitarian parole policy allowing orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis to ensure that they receive the care they need—as part of the U.S. government’s ongoing support of international recovery efforts after last week’s earthquake.