Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly met with Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and other senior government officials to discuss the repatriation of returning Haitian nationals and other areas of collaboration. Secretary Kelly also discussed his recent decision to extend Temporary Protected Status for six months and reiterated that the program is meant to be temporary in nature.
On Wednesday, May 31, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly will travel to Haiti where he will meet with President Jovenel Moïse and other senior government officials to discuss international cooperation and issues related to repatriation, as well as efforts to build Haiti’s maritime law enforcement capacity, and to encourage cooperation between the Dominican Republic and Haiti’s nascent border security unit.
Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly today announced his decision to extend—for an additional six months—the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti.
Following the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ceased removing Haitians to Haiti. In 2011, we resumed the removals of Haitians on a limited basis, who had final orders of removal and had been convicted of a serious crime.
We encourage you to check out a few of the following posts from The Compass, the Coast Guard's blog. They've been heavily involved in Haiti, and have been posting some first-hand reports from the field.
Just as you are at home, we at the Department are closely monitoring the aftermath of the earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti last night. The USGS reports an initial magnitude reading of 7.0 on the Richter scale, and while we don't have a full assessment of the damage, initial reports and military over flights suggest the loss of life and destruction of property to be severe.