Caribbean News – South Florida Haitians Suing Trump Administration Too

Children hold posters asking the Federal government to renew Temporary Protected Status during a press conference about TPS for people from Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador at the office of the Haitian Women of Miami in the Little Haiti neighborhood on November 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is nearing a decision on the plans for TPS recipients. Last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to DHS possibly signaling a decision to remove the immigrants' protected status, telling them that conditions in Central America and Haiti no longer required them to be exempted from deportation. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Mar. 23, 2018: Three South Florida Haitians have joined seven New York-based Haitian immigrants as well as a Haitian newspaper and a local advocacy group in suing the Donald Trump administration.

In a federal lawsuit filed last Thursday in the Eastern District of New York, the plaintiffs argue that Trump and the Department of Homeland Security “employed an invalid and unauthorized process to terminate Haiti’s TPS (Temporary Protected Status) designation irrespective of the statutory criteria for review enacted by Congress.”


The plaintiffs include the weekly Brooklyn-based Haitian newspaper, Haïti Liberté and Miami-based Haitian rights advocacy group, Family Action Network Movement, or FANM, an organization previously known as the Haitian Women of Miami.

The federal complaint is the fourth TPS-related suit filed against Trump and Homeland Security, which last year rescinded the temporary protected status for citizens of Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador after granting them a final 18-month extension.

A similar suit was also filed in San Francisco by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the law firm of Sidley Austin last week. Other suits have been filed in federal court in Boston on behalf of Salvadorans and Haitians with TPS, and in Maryland by the NAACP Legal Defense.