US bishops praise, criticize administration decisions on Haiti
May 18, 2011
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has praised the Obama administration’s decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haiti and criticized a decision to resume deportations of Haitians with criminal records.
“I commend the action to re-designate TPS to Haiti,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. “This action will permit those who entered the United States in the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster to remain and work to support their families.”
“We remain troubled by the resumption of deportations to Haiti at a time when the nation is ill-equipped to handle them,” said Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, chairman of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
- USCCB and CRS Chairmen Applaud Extension and Re-Designation of TPS to Haiti, Express Concern with Resumption of Deportations (USCCB)
- Hated at home, deported Haitians still dream of US (AFP)