Trump administration to end 'temporary protected status' for Haitians

Violet Powell
November 24, 2017

He moved to South Florida in 2015. "Thousands of Haitian TPS recipients have been living in the us for an average of seven to 25 years", Marleine Bastien, director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, a Miami-based immigration rights group, told New Times last month, as the Department of Homeland Security debated whether to continue allowing TPS.

For months, administration officials have signaled their intention to end special designations that have allowed immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally from Haiti and other troubled nations to stay on and work in the U.S. The existing protections were meant to provide temporary respites for citizens of hard-hit countries, not permanent legal status in the U.S., officials note.

The Temporary Protection Status was granted to Haitian nationals following a massive quake that devastated the Caribbean nation in 2010, killing more than 200,000, spreading cholera and destroying infrastructure. The formerly protected immigrants have about a year to leave the U.S.

Among lawmakers who commented on the decision, the response was outrage-and bipartisan.

Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said, "We're relieved there is an extension of TPS for 18 months, but we remain concerned that Haiti won't be ready to take back 58,000 Haitians across the USA and 5,800 here in Massachusetts".

GREEN: Her mom, Yolink Jeune, hasn't talked about that yet with her daughter. Many TPS-holders have children who are American citizens. This is a cruel decision that does not serve the interests of United States or Haiti.

"America will not be greater or safer by ending this program and attempting to deport those who have made their lives here and are part of the state's economic and social fabric".

GREEN: Jeune says she's hoping that Congress can still help before she has to have that hard conversation with her 7-year-old.

"It's going to be very hard".

Under TPS, which has to be applied for and periodically renewed, recipients are able to travel freely and work. TPS for those immigrants expires March 9. As Lys says, "It's a lot to worry about".

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Haitian TPS recipients have been living in the USA for 13 years on average, according to the Center for Migration Studies. "I have two girls that are going to graduate this year". "I have no clue". Curbelo's bill, which Wilson is co-sponsoring, would offer a path to permanent residency and citizenship to immigrants now in the United States under TPS.

But this assertion is widely contested, with many saying Haiti is in no condition to suddenly provide for 60,000 people.

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Arely Guevara immigrated from El Salvador in 2001.

At least 16 percent of Haitian TPS holders have lived in the USA for at least two decades. Almost half the 59,000 Haitian TPS recipients have settled in the Magic City. So for now, college is on hold.

"Our dream is not to go back to a country that's not in a stable condition".

Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, last week wrote to Duke urging the USA government to find a way to let citizens of Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras who benefited from TPS remain in the country.

"It's just really terrifying", Arely explains to Bustle. According to the Washington Post, a senior official said the 18-month "wind-down" period was provided "to allow families with US -born children to make decisions about what to do, and make arrangements". She doesn't want to uproot her family, to Canada or Haiti.

"Absent action by Congress to give this population a chance for permanence, I would say the vast majority would be subject to deportation", Appleby said. "They're really young and they should be anxious about other things".

If Arely and her parents' TPS is revoked, her family, along with hundreds of thousands of other Salvadorans, will be forced to choose between returning to a country that continues to suffer from brutal violence, dividing the family, or staying in the US without legal status.

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