May 4, 2017
The United States has long offered “Temporary Protected Status” to persons who cannot return to their home country because of natural disaster, war, or extreme political instability. TPS was extended to Haitians after the devastating earthquake in 2010 and reauthorized through hurricanes, cholera epidemics, and other occurrences that make life there difficult and dangerous. Conditions have not improved sufficiently to make it reasonable or humane to require Haitians living here to return.
Included below is a letter sent to Secretary John F. Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security and signed by all members of the Congressional delegation from Massachusetts.