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Senators Urge President Obama to Grant TPS to Haitians

On January 13, 2010, 15 Senators wrote to President Obama, urging him, as a result of the recent devastating earthquake, to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians currently in the U.S. TPS is a protection granted to nationals who cannot safely return to their home country due to natural disasters or armed conflict. TPS was granted to Honduras and Nicaragua in 1999, following Hurricane Mitch, and to El Salvador in 2001, following several earthquakes. In line with many organizations, law firms, and individuals demanding TPS for Haitians, the 15 Senators explained that the chaos that has ensued as a result of the earthquake has put all Haitian citizens at risk and that deporting Haitians at this time would worsen an already dire situation. The Senators, and the many in line with the Senators thoughts, believe granting TPS would be one small way of many to address this horrible catastrophe.