Catholic Charities of Boston believes today’s decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six months to Haitians residing in the United States is a step in the right direction. With over 50,000 Haitian TPS recipients throughout the U.S. and over 4,300 in Massachusetts alone, Catholic Charities remains committed to providing much-needed legal and supportive services to Haitians with TPS as they work to support their US born children and send money back to Haiti to help with the rebuilding of their native country. Even today, Haiti continues to battle the long-term impact of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, a cholera outbreak and the 2010 Earthquake all which have significantly impaired Haitians’ health and security and damaged the country’s infrastructure.
At Catholic Charities, we strongly believe in coming together as a community to help people of all nationalities and faiths through the challenges they face. Catholic Charities of Boston assists nearly 200,000 people each year—many of which are immigrants and refugees—with a variety of support services ranging from adult education to basic needs to child care and immigration legal services. Over 500 Haitians with TPS are among those we serve daily and most indicate to us that they need more than six months of time to properly plan for moving their families and finding new homes, jobs and safety in Haiti. Therefore, we thank Secretary Kelly for the limited extension of TPS designation and strongly encourage protection for an additional year.