Since January 12, 2010, more than 12,000 illegal Haitian immigrants have applied for TPS legal status while waiting for their country to rebuild its infrastructure from the devastating 7.0 earthquake. There are an estimated 100,000-200,000 illegal Haitians immigrants in the U.S.
What is TPS?
TPS is granted by the Secretary of Homeland Security to eligible nationals of a certain country (or persons without nationality who last habitually lived in that country) who have experienced temporary negative conditions, such as armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions, that prevent nationals of the country from returning safely or for the country to handle their return adequately. TPS allows for beneficiaries to remain in the United States and legally work for a set time period until they can safely return home. (See Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1254a.)
How are we helping?
We are providing food, clothing, financial support, health care referrals to local clinics, transportation, translation services, and legal services free of charge.