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Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Continued Protection for Haitians

November 20th, 2017

Support Continued Protection for Haitians: Extend Temporary Protected Status(TPS) For Haiti

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is joining with other Catholic groups and interfaith coalitions in calling to extend the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months.

TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized immigration status that allows individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. While the current designation for Haiti is set to expire in January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security is required to make a decision to terminate or extend TPS for Haiti by November 23, 2017.

People of faith are concerned that thousands of hardworking Haitians in the U.S. may be at risk of having their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) terminated. Extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians is the right action to take because Haitian migrants will temporarily remain in the United States and support themselves legally while the nation of Haiti is being rebuilt. The U.S Catholic Bishops recent trip report, Haiti’s Ongoing Road to Recovery: The Necessity of an Extension of Temporary Protected Status,  make the extension of TPS for Haitians vital at this time.

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate has been present in Haiti since the 1950’s. Today Oblates in Haiti are still doing active missionary work in the northeastern part of the country. In the United States, Missionary Oblates are doing Catholic parish work, ministering to diverse immigrants including Haitians.

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