Trump Administration Tells Thousands of Haitians They Must Leave the US

Don’t add to Haiti’s misery

Duke's decision to end TPS for Haitian citizens comes on the heels of her move earlier this month to end the status for 2,500 recipients displaced from Nicaragua after Hurricane Mitch struck the Central American nation in 1999.

"It was assessed overall that the extraordinary but temporary conditions that served as the basis of Haiti's most recent designation has sufficiently improved such that they no longer prevent nationals of Haiti from returning safely", the official said. "Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, [Acting DHS Secretary Elaine] Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 quake no longer exist". "Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated". Haitians were first struck by a cholera outbreak after United Nations (UN) peacekeepers transmitted the disease during the 2010 natural disaster recovery efforts. Haitian TPS recipients are expected to leave the United States by July 2019 or face detainment and deportation.

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.

At least 16 percent of Haitian TPS holders have lived in the USA for at least two decades.

Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said, "We're relieved there is an extension of TPS for 18 months, but we remain concerned that Haiti won't be ready to take back 58,000 Haitians across the USA and 5,800 here in Massachusetts". Florida has about 44,800 residents under TPS protection living in the state, including nearly 33,000 Haitian immigrants, many of whom make up the backbone of Central Florida's tourism industry. "With this decision, Trump is tearing families apart and turning his back on the values that have made our country great". During this timeframe, USCIS will work with the State Department, other DHS components and the Government of Haiti to help educate relevant stakeholders and facilitate an orderly transition.




The Department of Homeland Security had considered ending TPS for Haitians in May. Further details about this termination for TPS will appear in a Federal Register notice.

The senior official who briefed reporters, said that the 18-month "wind-down" period for the Haitians was enough time "to allow families with US -born children to make decisions about what to do, and make arrangements".

State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Haitian-American Democrat from Boston, said the decision gives Haitians some respite because of the 18-month extension. Protection for 86,000 Hondurans in the United States has been extended.

Rocio Saenz, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, which claims thousands of members living here under TPS, called the decision "heartbreaking, and harmful in every way". After the United Nations diminished its presence in the country last month, it is more important than ever that the United States support global efforts to enhance and maintain security in Haiti and build up its capacity for ensuring the country's security. TPS now is granted to recipients from 13 foreign countries.

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