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Haitians in U.S. Welcome TPS Status

Haitian Times, Posted: Jan 22, 2010

Throughout the region, but especially in Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y., there is measured relief that the United States is finally addressing a longstanding issue: that of thousands of Haitians who have been living and in so many cases working and paying taxes, but are undocumented.

Immigration expert Ronald Aubourg said he welcomed news the Obama administration will give Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians who came to the United States before the devastating earthquake hit Haiti on January 12.

But he made it clear that he and other immigrant advocates have been seeking similar protection for some time, especially since deadly hurricanes struck their home country in recent years.

Also, Aubourg said, advocates want protection that has no time limits, as the current one does.

The U.S. plan being put into effect now allows eligible Haitians to apply and be protected for 18 months. (Some are hoping there will be an extension of that limit.)

Aubourg said the Obama plan was welcome even if late.


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