Trump administration to end provisional residency protection for 60000 Haitians

Trump administration to end provisional residency protection for 60000 Haitians

Kerry Wise
November 22, 2017

"The law is relatively explicit, that if the conditions on the ground do not support a TPS designation, then the secretary must terminate", the official said.

"It is not consistent with the traditions and values of the United States to order the return of large numbers of foreign nationals who have been following our laws and contributing to our economy and culture to countries that are unsafe, politically unstable, and incapable of providing basic services and protections for their citizens", Baker wrote.

As Breitbart News reported, Duke not only refused to end the temporary amnesty for Haitian nationals, but she also advocated for a permanent amnesty solution that could set all foreign nationals in the TPS program on a pathway to USA citizenship.

In May, the Homeland Security Department, making a decision 60 days before the temporary status for the Haitians was set to expire, extended the program for only six months, urging Haitians under the program to prepare to go home. "Significant steps have been taken to improve the stability and quality of life for Haitian citizens, and Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens". Haiti has also demonstrated a commitment to adequately prepare for when the country's TPS designation is terminated. Her announcement said Haiti has made "considerable progress" to recover from the 2010 quake that resulted in Haiti's TPS status.

The Haitians are among more than 300,000 foreigners, the majority of them illegal arrivals from Central America, living here under TPS.

Advocates in May were requesting an 18-month extension for TPS for Haiti, but then-DHS Secretary Kelly granted a six-month extension.

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The TPS status for an additional 200,000 Salvadorans, here since El Salvador was struck by a series of earthquakes in 2001, is also due to expire in January 2018. 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.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week publicly called TPS renewal for the Haitians, saying that those "sent home will face dire conditions, including lack of housing, inadequate health services and low prospects for employment". Further details about this termination for TPS will appear in a Federal Register notice.

Successive administrations have regularly renewed their status, and many have US -born children.

The decision will upend the lives of thousands of Haitians in the US, many of whom have taken advantage of their legal status to put down roots, building careers and raising children, many of whom are American citizens. There are an estimated 44 thousand TPS recipients from Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras living in Florida. There are 200,000 Salvadorans here who came after an natural disaster struck that country 16 years ago.

Clarke says that rebuilding in Haiti is supported by remittances from the Haitian community in the United States, and that "these remittances are critical to the recovery, and have provided for basic needs, including education, agricultural restoration, business development, and home reconstruction". 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".