Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 10011511 (posted Jan. 15, 2010)"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, January 15, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomes the granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals already residing in the United States. The announcement was made this afternoon by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. TPS is a temporary designation for qualified nationals of a foreign country who are already in the United States in circumstances where the nationals are unable to safely return to their country of origin due to ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary or temporary conditions. TPS grants foreign nationals work authorization and protection against deportation for the duration of the protected status. It does not lead to permanent resident status or confer any additional immigration benefit.
“The tragic situation in Haiti justifies such a designation,” said Bernie Wolfsdorf, AILA’s National President. “The worst earthquake in 200 years has left thousands, and perhaps millions, homeless. Infrastructures have quite literally crumbled. There is simply no way that Haiti could absorb the return of its nationals under these conditions. The Administration has expressed its desire to apply our immigration laws in a fair and compassionate manner. Here is a situation that cries out for that fairness and compassion.”
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