MIAMI (AP) --
More than 50,000 Haitians have applied to legally stay and work in the U.S. so they can send money back to their earthquake-stricken homeland.
Immigration advocates are urging others not to miss their
chance. The deadline to apply for temporary protected status is
Only Haitians already living in the U.S. illegally when the
earthquake struck Jan. 12 are eligible.
Temporary protected status allows immigrants from countries
experiencing armed conflict or environmental disasters to stay and
work in the U.S. for 18 months.
U.S. immigration officials initially said they expected about
100,000 to 200,000 applications. The government now says that's the
number of applications they can handle. They actually expect about
70,000 applications by mid-July.