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The Biden administration is expected to publish guidelines soon to expand Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals throughout the U.S. Haitians who are accepted to the program will be granted temporary protection from deportation while living and working legally. These new guidelines will affect Haitian nationals who arrived before July 29 and will let them stay until Feb. 3, 2023. This would provide stability for over 5,000 current TPS holders in New York City and offer more than 100,000 additional Haitians throughout the U.S. to apply for legal status. The expansion is good news for immigrants like Evens, who has lived in Brooklyn for two years as an undocumented immigrant and called it “a gift from God.” THE CITY
In other local immigration news…
Glitches and Problems Leave New York Immigrants Out of COVID Rental Assistance
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When Maria Fernandez was laid off in March 2020, her debt continued to grow over the months and her landlord threatened her to try to get her to pay rent. New York State’s $2.7 billion rental assistance program went live in June, but many immigrants like Fernandez felt the program did little to help them, if not discouraged them entirely. Documented spoke with several tenants and community organizations who described the application process as full of pitfalls that could block immigrants and other vulnerable communities from accessing rental assistance. Some of the common issues that community groups and tenants described were website technical glitches, a lack of mail-in option for those without computers and the demand that tenants track down their landlord. Read more at Documented.
Bronx Theater Group Wants to Speak on Immigration Policy Through Performance
A Bronx theater group hopes to start a conversation about immigration policy through their performances. In their play “On the Basis of 680,” nine young Bronx actors characterized the emotional toll of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid on children. The Crossroad Connection Inc.’s Act4Change created the performance to fight against anti-immigration rhetoric. The play uses the “forum theater” style, which allows the group to open up a dialogue with the audience at the end of the performance. Amari Blake, an actor, said the play has helped him “learn about the experiences that a lot of people face.” News12 the Bronx
Excluded Workers Fund: How to Prepare to Apply
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Documented is collaborating with Make the Road New York to assist individuals in preparing to apply for New York’s Excluded Workers Fund. The webinar will be held in Spanish with English interpretation available. Click here to join the Facebook Live event on Thursday, August 5 at 6 p.m.