Trump admin to extend protections for Haitians 6 months
14:46, May 23, 2017
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"So it doesn't only impact the Haitian people who are on protected status, but our community". The Department of Homeland Security Monday struck an imperfect but defensible balance with respect to 50,000 Haitians living in the United States. "While this news will give the tens of thousands of Haitians anxiously waiting to learn the program's fate some measure of relief, this is in fact a cup half full situation".
The designation of Temporary Protected Status can be made for any country because of a natural disaster, continuing armed conflict or other extraordinary conditions under the Immigration Act of 1990. Once designated, individuals from those countries living in the United States are protected from detention and deportation based on their immigration status and are able to apply for work authorizations.
WASHINGTON ― Tens of thousands of Haitians who had already been granted temporary reprieve to stay in the USA will be allowed to remain for an additional six months, but they should use that time to "get their affairs in order", a Trump administration official said Monday.
The officials said, however, that Haitians in the United States under what is known as temporary protected status should begin acquiring travel documents to return to Haiti, noting that DHS has not committed to extending protections past January.
In the leaked memo, McCament recommended extending the program for six months, out of a possible 18.
Protesters gather in front of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Broward County, Florida, on May 21 to urge the Department of Homeland Security to extend temporary protected status for Haitian immigrants. The officials briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity despite President Donald Trump's insistence that anonymous sources shouldn't be trusted.
The move is a small victory for immigrant-rights advocates who'd begged Secretary John F. Kelly to grant the extension, though department officials signaled this could be the last extension and Haitians under TPS should be ready to depart by early next year.
Demonstrators outside of the citizenship offices say the 2010 quake in Haiti still affects the nation's stability and are hoping the United States government will let them stay.
Advocates who hoped for an 18-month extension say those conditions should also be considered for Haitians who are eligible for temporary protected status.
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees-founded in 1992-supported hundreds of families who sought asylum in the United States after being persecuted in Haiti. Even more significantly, several of the larger camps were reclassified by the Haitian government as "permanent housing", simply because the residents had attached so much salvaged building material to their shanties.
"We'll have to use this time to fight", Sassine said. "As we have stated numerous times, Haiti is in no position to safely absorb an additional 50,000 persons, nor to make up for the remittances that would be curtailed", it said in a statement. Immigration was a top campaign issue and one that's important to his political base. This month, however, the Associated Press revealed that a top immigration official was searching for crime and other statistics on Haitian immigrants, sparking fears that the administration was building a case to end temporary protection.
"Also indicative of Haiti's success in recovering from the quake seven years ago is the Haitian government's stated plans to rebuild the Haitian president's residence at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince and the withdrawal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti".
Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat whose district includes Little Haiti in Miami, said Monday the decision was a "blessing for the Haitian community".
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