Haiti’s Decision Deadline On Thanksgiving Day Boston, MA  – Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday sent a letter to acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke asking her to let citizens of Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras remain in the United States. Governor Baker wrote: It is not consistent with the traditions and values of the United States to order the return… Continue »

Questions Raised After WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Attempted to Strong Arm Acting DHS Secretary Duke in the DHS Decision on Honduran TPS Tomorrow, members of the Senate committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs are scheduled to vote on the confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen, the Trump Administration’s nominee to lead the Department of… Continue »

Call comes after Chief of Staff John Kelly exposed for attempts to strong arm Acting DHS Secretary and politicize decision whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) raises doubts about independence of Kelly’s protege and DHS nominee Kirstjen Nielsen In the wake of news that White House chief of staff pressured Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to revoke Temporary… Continue »

White House CoS Pressured Acting Secretary Duke to Terminate TPS for Hondurans; Acting Secretary Duke “angered by what she felt was a politically driven intrusion” Raises serious questions about the independence of Kelly’s deputy and protege, Kirstjen Nielsen, nominee for DHS Secretary Today, policy experts and advocates gathered on a call to discussbreaking news that White House Chief of… Continue »

Acting Secretary “angered by what she felt was a politically driven intrusion” “They put massive pressure on her,” said another former administration official with knowledge of the call.  Raises Serious Concerns About DHS Secretary Nominee Nielsen who has “unwavering loyalty” to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly The Washington Post published a piece flagging the behind-the-scenes… Continue »

Joint Letter Cites Deep Ties and Economic Contributions, Especially to the Construction Industry  This Week DHS Revoked Status For Nicaraguans, Punts on 57,000 Hondurans  11/23/17 Decision Deadline For 50,000 Haitians in 15 Days Yesterday, business leaders from National Association of Homebuilders, Associated General Contractors, Leading Builders of America, and Associated Builders and Contractors sent a letter to Congressional… Continue »

DHS Decision To Renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50,000 Haitians in 15 DAYS Uncertainty For Haiti As Decision Deadline Fast Approaches on November 23, 2017  NBC: Trump Actions on Protected Status Prompt Outcry from Latino Lawmakers, Advocates Latino advocates and legislators from both parties criticized the Trump administration’s announcement that it would terminate a program that… Continue »

The Miami Herald published an editorial outlining the paper’s clear and firm position on protecting TPS and supporting a legislative pathway to permanent and legal residency for TPS recipients. The piece in its entirety can be accessed here, and follows below: The Trump administration Monday upended the lives of 2,500 Nicaraguans and is on the cusp of doing the same… Continue »

Last night, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua with a delayed effective date of 12 months before the designation ultimately terminates on January 5, 2019. DHS did not reach a decision for Honduran TPS holders, automatically triggering a six month extension. The… Continue »

Call On the Administration To Extend TPS Status For Haiti Before the Upcoming November 23, 2017 Deadline A recording of today’s call is available here. Today, immigration, national security, and faith leaders and experts, condemned the Trump Administration for its decision last night to revoke temporary protected status (TPS) from fully vetted, hardworking, taxpaying Nicaraguans while punting on a… Continue »