For Immediate Release
November 21, 2017
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
Franciscans Call Termination of TPS for Haitians "unconscionable"
To send people back to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere shows clear lack of Christian values
Washington, D.C. - Late last night, the Trump administration ended temporary protected status (TPS) for the country of Haiti, demanding some 59,000 Haitians leave the U.S. by July 2019 or face deportation. This decision follows the administration's recent announcements terminating TPS designations for Sudan and Nicaragua.
TPS was created to provide protection to those in the United States when it is unsafe for their return home. This humanitarian program has allowed Haitians to live and work in the United States since an earthquake ravaged their country in 2010. Violence, weak institutions, and a lack of human rights protections continue in Central America, as well as food, housing, and public health crises in Haiti persist. The decision to send them back to this chaos is cruel and serves as another example of this administration's lack of Christian values.
"These actions run counter not only to our faith principles, but to humanitarian concerns and to America's proclaimed commitment to 'liberty and justice for all,'" states Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF, FAN Director of Advocacy. "Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and sending these people back to a country that cannot provide for them is unconscionable."
TPS has given approx. 330,000 people from 10 countries the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the United States. TPS holders contribute billions of dollars to our economy, and many of them have lived here for years and are parents to U.S. citizen children. They are our neighbors. Tearing them apart from their families is wrong. The Franciscan Action Network will continue to stand with our Haitian brothers and sisters and fight for reinstatement of these protections.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights. For more information: https://franciscanaction.org/