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February 02, 2024

Md. leaders call for safe haven for migrants as conditions worsen in Haiti

Credit: The Washington Post

Dozens of elected officials in Maryland — all Democrats — are calling on the Biden administration to continue providing “safe haven” to hundreds of Haitian immigrants in the state who werelegally admitted into the United States at border crossings over the past 14 months but are now facing proceedings that could result in their deportation.

The Maryland elected officials — including state senators, delegates, county council members and mayors, as well as Rep. David Trone and Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks, who are U.S. Senate candidates — requested the administration end removal proceedings and expand eligibility for temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitian nationals to include those who entered the country up to Jan. 1, 2024, or later. Currently only Haitians who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States dating back to Nov. 6, 2022, are eligible for the TPS designation that now extends through Aug. 3.

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