U.S. DHS Ends TPS for Haiti
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Tuesday that it is terminating Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS), effective July 2019. TPS was granted to Haitians who were already in the United States when the devastating 2010 earthquake struck their country, as Haiti could not handle its citizens returning in the midst of managing the effects of the disaster. TPS for Haitians has been extended several times due to further humanitarian concerns and an overall lack of stability in the region. Approximately 50,000 Haitians are TPS holders—granting them the ability to work legally in the U.S. and protecting them from deportation, though not providing permanent legal status—and thousands have U.S. citizen children. Earlier this month, DHS also terminated TPS for Nicaraguans, after terminating the same for citizens of Sudan in September (while extending TPS for South Sudan nationals for 18 months). DHS failed to make a determination about TPS for Hondurans before the deadline, defaulting to a six-month extension for them but leaving expectations of an eventual termination of TPS for them as well.
God, for those whose lives are drastically changed by the end of TPS, we lift prayers for comfort and peace. We pray for all whose businesses, neighborhoods, schools, and churches will be changed when those who have made a home in the U.S. are forced to leave after so long. We pray for wisdom amid the heart-wrenching decisions of whether to separate families or remain together and face dangerous situations. We pray for reform of the broken U.S. immigration laws, Lord.