Trump Administration Halts Temporary Protection for Haitians

WASHINGTON, DC— This week, the Trump administration made it known that it is ending a humanitarian program that has permitted more than 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States since the earthquake-ravaged their country in 2010.

The pronouncement was made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials on Monday.

Every Haitians with what is called, known and referred to as the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are therefore required or expected to leave the United States by July 2019 or face deportation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The Trump’s administration immigration reversal on Haitians has drawn immediate dismay from Haitian communities in many states across the U.S., including South Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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Several analysts say this order is not limited to Haitian, it would affect foreigners from several countries as well.  Already, several African communities in the United States are experiencing aggressive enforcement activities.

In Minnesota, sources say about 200 Liberian asylum seekers are expected to be deported to their home country since their TPS and DED expired and has not renewed.

One of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti, is still fraught with recovering from the earthquake and depends heavily on remittances from Haitians overseas.  Meanwhile, the Haitian government has asked the Trump administration to extend the protected status, according to a source.

Federal data and information estimate that about 320,000 people are currently benefiting from the Temporary Protected Status program.  The program was signed into law by President George Bush in 1990.

The Trump’s administration recent decision on Haitian follows another decision last month that ended protective status from for 2,500 Nicaraguans.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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