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No path to U.S. citizenship for Haitian TPS recipients

An earthquake, a major hurricane and a persistent cholera outbreak -- this is what migrant Haitians are facing a return to. After the disasters, the United States offered a program called Temporary Protected Status, that allowed these individuals to come to this country for relief from the various crises. But now, the current administration has decided to discontinue the TPS for Haitians and asks those individuals in New York and elsewhere to prepare to go home instead of preparing for citizenship

Other TPS statuses have recently been revoked as well for Sudanese and Nicaraguan immigrants. TPS for Hondurans is potentially on the chopping block as well. Many experts and officials are arguing that Haiti is not yet ready to accept thousands of native Haitians back onto its shores, citing continuing difficulties with health, crime and poverty. 

The Caribbean nation remains one of the poorest in the world. United Nations troops have recently scaled back assistance efforts in the nation. Some legislators, in an attempt to help displaced people, have introduced a bill that would allow TPS immigrants to apply for permanent residency after three years. 

If the new legislation should pass, it could offer individuals with Temporary Protected Status a path to U.S. citizenship. The status of these individuals continues to remain in flux, with some programs being extended and others ended. It is hard for people to understand which legal options that exist for remaining in the United States. In some cases, individuals choose to hire an experienced New York immigration attorney for help and insight into their legal residency status. 

Source: NBC New York, "US Ending Temporary Permits for Almost 60,000 Haitians", Luis Alonso Lugo, Nov. 20, 2017

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