The Biden administration is granting eligible Haitian nationals living in the United States the chance to apply for a new, 18-month Temporary Protected Status designation. The decision potentially affects more than 100,000 Haitians living in the U.S., advocates said.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cited security concerns, social unrest, human rights abuses and crippling poverty for the decision. The effects of a devastating earthquake in 2010 in Haiti have exacerbated the severity of conditions there, he said in a statement Saturday.
"After careful consideration, we determined that we must do what we can to support Haitian nationals in the United States until conditions in Haiti improve so they may safely return home," he said.
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