FILE – Santcha Etienne hugs a 10-year-old girl who fears that her name will be used and her face shown after speaking to the media about the Temporary Protection Status for Haitians, because His family lived under guardianship in the area of Little Haiti. on May 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
WASHINGTON DC, (CMC) – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded its Temporary Refugee Protection (TPS) program for recipient citizens of six countries, including Haiti.
In a statement, the DHS said the extension, which also applies to citizens of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan and Honduras, is to “confirm its continued compliance” with the orders from the two cases of the court has continued and similar to the actions of Homeland Security for the past four years.
According to DHS, the document submitted to the Federal Register should be officially released on Wednesday.
The TPS program provides work permits to beneficiaries and can protect them from deportation if their country of origin experiences extraordinary events such as natural disasters or armed conflict.
In response, Senator Alex Padilla, the chairman of the immigration investigation committee, said the extension is a big help for those on the program.
He added that the move was a step in the right direction, but added that more permanent safeguards were needed.