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May 22, 2021

RELEASE: Rep. Mondaire Jones’ Statement On Biden Administration’s Redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement upon the Biden Administration’s redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS):

“The Biden Administration’s decision to redesignate Haiti for TPS rescues tens of thousands of people from lives lived in limbo. It restores certainty and safety to the roughly 50,000 Haitians in the U.S. unsure of their TPS status thanks to the Trump Administration’s cruel manipulation of our broken immigration system. And it enables every eligible Haitian in the U.S. — thousands of additional people — to apply for TPS and remain safe in their communities.

”I am proud that the Biden Administration has heeded my call to redesignate Haiti for TPS. At a time when Haiti is in the midst of a once-in-a-generation humanitarian crisis, this redesignation will save lives.

“I hope this redesignation will be the first of many vital steps the Biden Administration takes in response to the dire situation in Haiti — including welcoming people unjustly removed to Haiti back to their communities here in the United States, like my neighbor and constituent, Paul Pierrilus.”

Since taking office in January 2021, Rep. Jones has championed the rights of Black immigrants, and particularly Haitian immigrants. He has fought to halt the deportation of his constituent, Paul Pierrilus, who was unjustly deported to Haiti despite not being a Haitian citizen. He has previously called for the redesignation of Haiti for TPS status and for a moratorium on removals to Haiti.

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 33-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland and resides in Westchester.