A message from Father Clete Kiley, Director of Immigration Policy for UNITE HERE and founder of the Priest-Labor Initiative –


The Temporary Protected Status for Haitians is set to expire on July 22. There are more than 50,000 Haitians who will be affected by this to return this many to Haiti at this time will create a humanitarian disaster there once again. It will also disrupt and break apart families. Fr. Kiley reports that the current administration in Washington is not inclined to extend it.

Haiti is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, which struck in October 2016 and is said to be the nation’s largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. That’s why the TPS was put into effect and extended several times.

In Florida, if TPS is allowed to elapse, there will also be an incredible social and economic crisis. The Florida Hotel and Lodging Association and UNITE HERE, the hospitality union , along with Disney, Hilton, and other employers, predict a major disruption in the hospitality work force. This will be felt most strongly in Miami and Orlando. For UNITE HERE, there are more than 500 workers in a Orlando at Disney who will be affected. in Miami, half of the local union is made up of Haitians.

In addition nursing staffs will also be negatively affected

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski has been a champion of the Haitian Community.

There will be a community meeting on Saturday, May 13 at L’Eglise Baptistery Haitienne Philadelphia, located at 800 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando.

The Haitian Community is overwhelmingly Catholic and we encourage a strong Catholic Community turnout at this meeting.

For the Justice for Immigrants Action Alert to DHS: Extend TPS for Haitians, go to: