In a conference call late Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced an 18 month grant of Temporary Protected Status to the estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians now living illegally in the United States. This will allow these people to legally get jobs.
Napolitano made clear that the order does not apply to Haitians who do not currently reside in the United States. “People should not leave Haiti with the false belief that they will be entitled to TPS in the United States,” she said. She added: “We are seeing no signs of any migration of that type.”
For more on the issue of Temporary Protected Status and Haiti, see this Time.com story by Carmen Gentile.