MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made a South Florida stop on Tuesday.
Mayorkas met with Haitian community leaders to discuss the new extension of temporary protected status for Haitians.READ MORE: Tropical Storm Warning Extended For Northern Gulf Coast Ahead Of Potential Tropical Cyclone Three
“I was particularly privileged this afternoon to be able to be a part of such an important community center that brings so much hope to young people who have their lives ahead of them,” he said, “and who can realize so much here in the United States. It’s not lost on any of us.”
On Saturday, the Biden Administration approved the new TPS, reversing a Trump administration decision to end their status.READ MORE: Miami-Dade, Broward County Public Schools To Continue Free Summer Food Distribution
The move now allows about a 100,000 Haitians to apply and remain in the U.S. lawfully.
Eligible Haitian nationals have 180 days to apply for TPS and must prove they entered the United States before May 22, 2021.
Once granted, their TPS status would last for up to 18 months.MORE NEWS: 'We Need To Get To 70 Percent By July 4th': Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Hopes To Meet Biden Admin. Goal
Haiti was originally designated for TPS following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010. Those protections were extended several times, until the Trump administration tried to terminate them altogether in 2017.