Boston - On November 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it will terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians on July 22, 2019. Prior to yesterday’s decision, TPS was originally set to end on January 22, 2018.
Catholic Charities of Boston strongly opposes this decision. As an organization that proudly serves the Haitian population in Boston, we recognize their many contributions to our community, as well as the reasons they should not be forced to return to their native country.
Haiti does not have the infrastructure and essential services needed to welcome the 50,000 Haitians who are currently settled in America. This island nation has not yet recovered from the earthquake, hurricanes, and cholera epidemic that have devastated the country.
Massachusetts alone is home to 4,735 Haitians with TPS. Many children in Haitian families are U.S. citizens, with parents who are working and contributing to society. These individuals own homes and pay taxes; they contribute to our communities and our economy. A loss of these families will be detrimental to our stability as a state and as a nation.
Catholic Charities will continue advocacy efforts with Congress in an effort to pass a permanent legislative fix for all TPS holders and stands in solidarity with the Haitian community during this period of uncertainty.