Haitian Protection Status To End In U.S.
The Trump administration has just announced it will end the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti by July 2019. According to Monday’s announcement by DHS, “the termination of TPS for Haiti will be delayed 18 months,” in order to ensure a smooth transition. The termination of this order will force tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants to either leave the US or simply hide.
This humanitarian program has allowed some 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States since an earthquake ravaged their country in 2010. Now those 59,000 will have to seek some other way to stay in the United States legally or go back. According to the New York Times, Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is still struggling to recover from the earthquake and relies heavily on money its expatriates send to relatives back home. The Haitian government had asked the Trump administration to extend the protected status.
The Department of Homeland Security is scheduled to announce next month whether it will rescind or renew protection for El Salvador, the largest group of Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries, nearly 200,000 people.