The Biden Administration is offering Temporary Protected Status to undocumented Haitians in Pennsylvania and across the country

Written by on May 27, 2021

The Biden Administration is offering Temporary Protected Status to undocumented Haitians in Pennsylvania and across the country

By Anthony Orozco / WITF

May 27, 2021

President Joe Biden speaks to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

The Biden Administration has effectively reversed another immigration policy of former President Donald Trump. The change affects Pennsylvania’s Haitian community. 

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Immigration authorities are permitting undocumented Haitians in the country to apply for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, which allows those eligible to legally live and work in the country for the next 18 months.

Josephys Dafils, a social worker and the director of Haitian-American United For Change in Philadelphia, says the change will help protect Haitians not only from deportation, but also will provide access to legitimate employment and protection from exploitation.

“It’s affecting us in a positive way, as I said, keeping people out of poverty and keeping people away from abuse because a lot of them are being abused,” Dalfis says. 

He says the development is a relief for undocumented Haitians.

“At least there is a way, a second chance, that is the core of the American Dream, a second chance. You can make it after something major happened in your life,” Dalfis says.

The Trump Administration moved to end TPS for previously undocumented Haitians in 2017. 

The status had been afforded to them after the 2010 earthquake and subsequently renewed for years.  

As of 2017, some 1,400 Haitian TPS holders were living in the commonwealth. 

The change is expected to affect more than 100,000 people across the nation. 


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