Boston (May 23, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement on Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas designating Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.
“I applaud the Biden administration’s decision to designate Temporary Protected Status for Haiti. As Haiti continues to struggle to rebuild and recover from devastating natural and man-made disasters, and as the current political situation leads to more instability, the United States has an obligation to provide protections to Haitians who have become active members of our communities, especially our frontline and essential workers. This decision reflects the compassion that should be the hallmark of our policy toward Haitians in the United States who are unable to safely return to their homeland at this time.
“Temporary Protected Status recipients are Americans in every way but their immigration status. We must not abandon them, and I am grateful that the Biden administration has taken this important step to provide this temporary relief. I will continue to fight for a pathway to citizenship for those who come to our country looking for a better life.”
At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Senator Markey first called on DHS to halt deportations, and in May 2020, he specifically called for a stop to deportations to Haiti. In October 2017, as Haiti still continued to struggle in the wake of devastating natural disasters and a cholera epidemic from the year prior, Senator Markey made a similar call for the extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals residing in the United States, after having traveled there in August 2016 to help deliver aid and assess the areas desperate for humanitarian assistance.