Trump administration ends temporary protection for Haitians

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The Trump administration is ending a humanitarian program that has allowed some 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States since an natural disaster ravaged their country in 2010, officials said on Monday.

In May, then-Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said that he would extend the protections for Haitians for six months, but warned Haitians in the program they should get travel documents and start preparing to leave.

Second to the people of El Salvador, Haitians are the second largest group of people with temporary status in the United States.

The DHS says it will terminate Haiti's TPS designation on July 22, 2019.

The Trump Administration is considering ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for tens of thousands of Haitians, Salvadorans and Hondurans. An official said Haitians in the country who were displaced by the quake had decreased by 97 percent from its 2010 peak and that a Haitian government was in place after two years of an electoral impasse.

There are approximately 5,000 Haitians with TPS status living in MA.

Clarke says that rebuilding in Haiti is supported by remittances from the Haitian community in the U.S., and that "these remittances are critical to the recovery, and have provided for basic needs, including education, agricultural restoration, business development, and home reconstruction".

Critics of Trump's decision say TPS beneficiaries, who are allowed to work in the US, contribute to the economy and pay taxes.

Yet our nation - especially my home state of Florida - has not only offered a helping hand to Haitians seeking refuge from these grave challenges, but also benefited significantly from their presence in and contributions to our country. We must remain committed to those principles and stand with our neighbors in Haiti as they tackle their challenges.

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"Tomorrow hundreds of Unite Here and other union workers and Haitian immigrants from Southern and Central Florida will confront Mar-A-Lago to tell Trump that as his family gathers for the holidays, we will not allow him to quietly destroy 50,000 other families", says Wendi Walsh, a representative with Unite Here in Miami, in a statement.

In September, Ms Duke ended protected status for citizens of Sudan as of 2018, but extended it for citizens of South Sudan through mid-2019. Individuals who are already in the United States from the designated countries are eligible and are then protected from deportation.

"The law makes it clear that TPS for Haiti must end", he said.

The federal government rarely has canceled TPS designations once granting them.

There are more than 400 thousand people living in the USA with TPS.

A decision on 195,000 recipients from El Salvador is expected in January.

"With Donald Trump and his administration's, along with his supporters', bigoted and relentless assault on immigrants around the country, it is more important than ever to protect those people in our communities who are most vulnerable to these attacks", said Council Member Jumaane D. Williams.

A senior official briefing reporters Monday said that the 18 month "wind-down is a lengthy time to allow families with USA -born children to make decisions about what to do, and make arrangements".

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