FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 15, 2018

Contacts:
Sejal Zota, (919) 698-5015‬, szota@nipnlg.org

(Boston, MA) – The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) announces the release of additional emails and documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), particularly US Citizenship and Immigration Services, obtained through our FOIA litigation. DHS supplanted the mandatory process proscribed under our laws with a politicized fishing expedition to paint all Haitians as criminals and unauthorized immigrants.

“Together, these emails and the Memo paint an even more damning picture of unlawfulness of the Administration’s actions.”
-Sejal Zota
Legal Director, NIPNLG

These newly released emails show that, officials within DHS displayed a particularized and political focus on whether TPS recipients received public benefits, committed crimes or provided remittances, none of which is relevant to a decision to terminate TPS.  Moreover, this criteria  were viewed as critical because the Secretary was “going to need this” to make a decision around termination or extension of TPS for Haiti.

These emails also align with a recently released memo from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff (“Memo”) which contains troubling findings from an in-camera review of Department of State (DOS) documents regarding the TPS rescission decision-making process. Just like the 2017 DHS Haiti report, the Senate findings show that the DOS deliberately disregarded its internal recommendations to extend TPS for Haiti, as well as for Honduras and El Salvador, and that it had full knowledge of the extraordinary risks and instability that continue in Haiti. It shows that the agency did not make its recommendation based on a good-faith review of the evidence, but that other factors--such as Trump’s long term hostility towards immigrants of color—were at play in its decision to cancel the program.

“Together, these emails and the Memo paint an even more damning picture of unlawfulness of the Administration’s actions,” said Sejal Zota, legal director of the NIPNLG.

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The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides technical assistance and support to community-based immigrant organizations, legal practitioners, and all advocates seeking and working to advance the rights of noncitizens.