Temporary Protected Status Update

Friday, April 09, 2010

JoJo Annobil, attorney-in-charge of The Legal Aid Society Immigration Law Unit, and New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D-40) give an update on the push to get Haitians to apply for Temporary Protected Status.

Are you a Haitian living in New York?  Have you applied for Temporary Protected Status?  Why or why not?  Comment Below!


JoJo Annobil and Mathieu Eugene

Comments [7]

Let's just let everybody stay!

Apr. 09 2010 11:48 AM

how many times has the USA invaded haiti since 1804?
plus we need cheap labor. to mow your lawn.

Apr. 09 2010 11:24 AM
Merrill Clark

Comment on being here Jan 12, 2010. Yes, but if casually away and in US before the earthquake and returned shortly after the earthquake, they may nevertheless apply for TPS. I have a few clients in this situation and I have applied for them.

Apr. 09 2010 11:20 AM
bernie from bklyn

shouldn't the colonial powers that created and left these countries helpless be held responsible in some way? i.e.- british responsibility in the indo/pak/iran/iraq carve up plans that have wreaked so much havoc and the frenhc taking responsibility for the many messes they left around the world including haiti.

Apr. 09 2010 11:18 AM
Jason from Secaucus

What measures are being taken to prevent ICE abuses.

Apr. 09 2010 11:16 AM

Why are we left holding the bag? These people will never leave. Why not ask countries in the region to step up to the plate. What about that Chavez guy? He has oil money, can't he take some of these people in? What about the French and others?

Apr. 09 2010 11:15 AM
Merrill Clark from

I am an immigration attorney and have been actively processing many Haitians through on TPS.

This week I particpated in a conference call with the TPS gurus at DHS. The consensus for the low number of applications, about 38,000 as of this week, with an estimated 100,000-200,000 undocumented Haitians in the US were: 1) $470 government fee; and 2) distrust of government; not disclosing to the government the whereabouts of a previously, unknown undocumented person.

Two things to remember: 1) TPS will likely be renewed for years, as it has with several other countries (see link to USCIS ; and 2) we will likely have comprehensive immigration reform prior to the expiration of the inevitable Haiti extensions. Thus, I am advising my clients to do TPS.

Apr. 09 2010 10:14 AM

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