Are we in Year 14 of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian migrants?

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program,” said Milton Friedman. Let’s check in with the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian migrants to the U.S. A 2011 DHS press release:

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti beneficiaries. This extension will be effective July 23, 2011 and is for an additional 18 months. It will allow these TPS beneficiaries to remain in the United States through Jan. 22, 2013. The designation of TPS for eligible Haitian nationals who had continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 12, 2010 was originally announced by Secretary Napolitano on Jan. 15, 2010 and became effective on Jan. 21, 2010. Currently, approximately 48,000 Haitian nationals with TPS reside in the United States.

(I was almost there in January 2010: Personal Haitian Relief Operation.


And one from December 2022:

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months, from February 4, 2023, through August 3, 2024, due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti.

Are we in Year 14 of “temporary”?


Some photos from a 2018 trip to Haiti (the authentic Haiti, not the touristy part):

4 thoughts on “Are we in Year 14 of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian migrants?

  1. The memory of Greenspun at full power in Greenspunchussets. The cockpit hasn’t changed at all in 13 years.

  2. > due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti.

    So, kind of another vague “emergency”. Can this administration state anything in a straightforward manner?

    This is the most opaque presidency that I recall. No important topic is addressed in a transparent manner. The administration is stumbling from crisis to crisis, and the only thing that keeps it going is that the press always focuses on the latest crisis (currently the “object” over Alaska), and the public only has the mental capacity for a one crisis at a time.

  3. Haiti reminds me of a subcutaneous cyst that keeps refilling with pus and blood, or maybe an abscess of one kind of another. For a little while someone squeezes the cyst to express the exudate, but because they have no anesthesia like lidocaine, nothing but dirty needles, and old, rusty implements, they never perform the incisions to detach the cyst sac internally and remove it. Then you’re supposed to suture up the wound watch it for infection and let it heal, prescribing antibiotics if necessary. I’ll spare everyone the video, they’re easy to find on YouTube.

    That never happens in Haiti, the problem always returns, the pain comes back, and each time it gets worse until the limb or appendage has to be amputated or the patient dies. What will it take to clean up Haiti once and for all, and end the suffering of all the people who are forced to live in that hellhole?

    There! I managed to write a comment about Haiti that also paraphrases Medical School 2020. Somone else will have to excerpt some Real World Divorce.

  4. It is not just Haiti, very much every-other-so-called “temporary” programs the US ever created never ends. We keep pumping money into those programs that yield nothing in the hope of somehow, magically they will payoff — they never do.

    Give a man free fish and he will come back for more, give a man free Lobster and he will complain for not getting Caviar.

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