Haitians…We can never forget Humanitarianism

Never forget humanitarianism (photo: Ian Voegel)

Earlier today we read this article (propaganda) that urges you to “Stand with Haiti” by donating to the post-earthquake relief effort and calling for a crucial protection, called Temporary Protected Status (TPS), for Haitian men and women living in the U.S.
Well, here’s to a long-overdue victory! (This is typical of advocacy and special interest groups.)
According to America’s Voice President Obama deserves praise for granting TPS, as do the bipartisan group of members of Congress and many, diverse advocacy organizations and bloggers who publicly urged him to do so.
The Miami Herald reports, in “Obama administration grants TPS to Haitians:”
The Obama administration announced Friday that it would grant tens of thousands Haitian nationals Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, an immigration benefit sought for years by Haitian activists, immigrant advocates and South Florida lawmakers.
The move comes following intense pressure on the administration this week to approve Haiti for TPS in the aftermath of the country’s devastating earthquake.
TPS is granted to selected immigrants who cannot safely return to their homelands because of natural disasters, armed conflicts or other emergencies. Those eligible are allowed to remain here, obtain work permits and temporary stays for specific periods — a status often renewed indefinitely.
The article cites DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, who made the announcement at 6pm EST:
As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to assist Haiti following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, I am announcing the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010 […] This is a disaster of historic proportions and this designation will allow eligible Haitian nationals in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months.
Regardless of how American Age agrees or disagrees with TPS we nonetheless have donated to the Haitian relief funds. We do ask Ms. Napolitano and Barack Obama to at the very least ensure accountability for those receiving this status. Thank you once again for standing with Haiti, and with the Haitian men and women living in the U.S. during this catastrophe.
 
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