WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that it would extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months. DHS also announced it would also expand temporary legal status for Haitian immigrants currently in the United States to apply for TPS and continue to reside here safely.
“Secretary Mayorkas’ announcement brings much needed relief, stability, and dignity to the many Haitian immigrants living in the United States right now. As violence, political instability, and socioeconomic challenges continue to roil Haiti, it is important that the United States continues to live up to its mission of granting and providing humanitarian relief to people who need it most. This announcement would not have happened without the tireless work of Haitian community leaders and organizations, and I am proud to stand by their side.
“I commend Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration for taking this important step forward in expanding and extending Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the United States, which was one of the Progressive Caucus’ key recommendations on our executive action slate. I look forward to continuing our work together creating a more humane immigration system rooted in compassion and evidence-based policy that provides the much-needed protection and a roadmap to citizenship that so many immigrants need.”