Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump blasted over decision to repatriate 59000 Haitians

Trump blasted over decision to repatriate 59000 Haitians

GREEN: She's confused because she was born in the USA, but her mom was born in Haiti, and she has TPS, temporary protected status.

According to the L.A. Times, more than 3o, 000 Haitians that are affected by the order live in Florida; another large number live in New York City.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is still struggling to rebuild from the disastrous 7-magnitude quake that struck the nation on January 12, 2010, killing over 100,000 people.

The nation is also suffering from a cholera epidemic that "has claimed more than 9,300 lives and infected more than 780,000 people in five years". A little over a year ago, the southern part of the island was hammered by Hurricane Matthew, damaging about 80% of the homes there.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced Monday that the Trump administration will extend TPS for Haiti until July 22, 2019, then end it.

The announcement comes 60 days before temporary status for the Haitians was set to expire. According to the Washington Post, a senior official said the 18-month "wind-down" period was provided "to allow families with USA -born children to make decisions about what to do, and make arrangements".

The senior administration official repeated the offer to negotiate with Democrats, saying "the administration has indicated to Congress that we are going to work with them, and come up with a solution for this if they see fit".

Gen. John F. Kelly, while still acting as the secretary of Homeland Security in May, said that the conditions in Haiti had improved to the point that the US would not likely continue extending protection temporary protection.

"Since the 2010 natural disaster, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent", said Duke.

Officials said Monday that the political climate in Haiti had stabilized.

Duke's decision directly impacts Haitians, but also sends a sharp signal to the thousands of other T.P.S. beneficiaries living in America, indicating that they, too, might be forced to leave.

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Supporters of the programs say recipients have become too deeply rooted in USA society and should not be deported.

The decision sparked objections from a bipartisan group of South Florida lawmakers as well as immigrant advocates.

"You could see the hurt in our communities, people looking for the help that is needed", the congresswoman recalled.

In advance of the DHS decision, thousands of Haitians have travelled across the northern United States border with Canada in recent months to seek asylum. And those facing removal have almost 30,000 USA -born children - American citizens who will be separated either from their family or from the country of their birth and upbringing. Not renewing temporary status marks a change in policy when compared to previous administrations.

Returning to Haiti is not an option, she says, once her status expires.

"Everybody wants to come to America", Joseph said. "There, they kill people for nothing; they kidnap people for nothing", said Fabiola Silias of NY, who says she fled unrest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2006.

"Home is here", he said. It is doing so despite the fact that most of the Haitians are gainfully employed.

Earlier this month, the administration announced it would not renew the provisional residency of 2,500 Nicaraguans, and gave them 14 months to leave the USA, reports The Washington Post. This week, the Trump administration announced Haitians with TPS have an 18-month window to obtain legal status or return to Haiti before facing deportation.

In all, about 325,000 people from 10 countries now have protections under the TPS program.

While Haitians under TPS still have 18 months to attain long-term immigration status before they are subject to deportation, getting legal status in the U.S.is far from easy or fast.

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