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US Ending Temporary Permits for At Least 50000 Haitians

21 November 2017

"The Haitian economy continues to recover and grow, and 96% of people displaced by the quake and living in internally displaced person camps have left those camps", Kelly said then.

By far the largest group of Haitians covered by the order live in Florida, with another large community in NY.

In 2017 alone, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services conducted extensive outreach to the Haitian communities throughout the country.

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke believes the county has recovered from the disaster, senior administration officials said.

Duke in September ended protected status for citizens of Sudan as of 2018, but extended it for citizens of South Sudan through mid-2019.

Amanda Baran, policy consultant at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, called the termination of the status a "heartless decision" and said the Trump administration has no plan in place for the USA -born children who may now lose their Haitian parents and caregivers to deportation.

Holden Pierre, 24, of Milton, who has lived in the United States under the program for 17 years, called Monday's decision a "victory".

Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, last week unveiled legislation to protect immigrants living under temporary protected status.

Her move gives Haitians protection until July 22, 2019.

Both the Nicaraguans and Hondurans have been shielded from deportation since a devastating 1998 hurricane hit.

The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed nearly 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful natural disaster shook the Caribbean nation.

As they did in announcing the Nicaragua decision, officials once again invited Congress to pass a law that would create a permanent solution for the people who have received temporary status - many of whom have been in the country for a decade or more.

The Trump administration officials said they were encouraged by the progress Haiti has made, and thus likely not to get another extension.

Then-DHS Secretary John Kelly extended the TPS designation for Haiti by six months in May, but warned at the time that it was a "limited" grace period to "allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to obtain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States".

The group called on Congress to change the law to allow immigrants now covered by temporary status to stay. Material from The New York Times, Washington Post, and the Associated Press was also used.

US Ending Temporary Permits for At Least 50000 Haitians