U.S. to end protective status for Haitian quake victims

Kobach, who writes for Breitbart News, told the hard-right outlet that a decision to give Haitian nationals 18 months to remain in the United States despite terminating their protected status, known as Temporary Protected Status, undermined the Trump administration's immigration principles. As a result, former President Barack Obama's administration renewed the Temporary Protected Status program until the country could regain its economic footing.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), however, now has until November 23 to make a determination on whether to extend the TPS designation once again.

For months, administration officials have signaled their intention to end special designations that have allowed immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally from Haiti and other troubled nations to stay on and work in the U.S. The existing protections were meant to provide temporary respites for citizens of hard-hit countries, not permanent legal status in the U.S., officials note.

"Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 natural disaster no longer exist", a statement from the Department of Homeland Security said.

If TPS is not extended, Haitians sent home will face dire conditions, including lack of housing, inadequate health services and low prospects for employment.

Boston has the nation's third largest Haitian community.

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

Monday's announcement comports with a broader administration effort to restrict immigration to the United States and increase efforts to expel those who have no permanent legal status.

"No Haitian deserves to go back to Haiti", Dupuy said.

The Trump administration says it will end the temporary status that shelters almost 60,000 Haitians from deportation, saying the island nation has sufficiently recovered from devastating disasters to take its citizens back.

TPS allows immigrants from certain countries to live and work temporarily in the US. Protection for 86,000 Hondurans in the USA has been extended.

"The law makes it clear that TPS for Haiti must end", he said. Thousands are still displaced and living in tents. They work. They pay every tax except the federal income tax. While Hurricane Irma largely skirted Haiti this year, it hit southern Florida hardest, which is home to thousands of Haitian TPS recipients. TPS for Haiti was extended 6 months but will expire January 22.

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

"We know that this decision is part of a larger strategy to criminalize the more than 300,000 TPS holders from Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador and other countries that have suffered disasters", Centro Presente said in a statement. Representative Illean Ros-Lehtinen took to Twitter Monday evening to share what she saw on the ground in Haiti after both disasters, writing that she "can personally attest that Haiti is not prepared to take back almost 60,000 TPS recipients under these hard and harsh conditions".

  • Jon Douglas