Trump shows some heart: A gracious hand to Haitians

by Marta Holmes May 23, 2017, 14:46
Trump shows some heart: A gracious hand to Haitians

To be eligible, people from affected countries must already be in the USA when war breaks out or disaster hits, so people in, say, Syria, can not apply for protection from their origin country.

Other countries designated for temporary protected status include Sudan, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Nepal and Yemen.

WASHINGTON ― Tens of thousands of Haitians who had already been granted temporary reprieve to stay in the US 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.

Haiti's TPS designation expires in July of this year, which means that Haitians with this status may be deported from the U.S. For months now, various stakeholders have been pressing DHS to renew the designation, citing disruptions in the lives of Haitians who are settled in the United States, and unsafe conditions in Haiti exacerbated by a 2016 hurricane and a cholera epidemic started by United Nations peacekeepers in 2010. More than 58,000 Haitians registered for the program, many in South Florida, which has the largest Haitian community in the country, according to the New York Times.

In the leaked memo, McCament recommended extending the program for six months, out of a possible 18.

Homeland Security officials said. The judge rejected the claim that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said President Donald Trump can not set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

The Obama administration had included Haiti in the TPS program in 2010, after an natural disaster killed hundreds of thousands of people. He also cited Haitian government plans to rebuild the presidential residence on the grounds of the National Palace destroyed in the quake and the withdrawal of the United Nations stabilization forces as signs of progress.

"Haiti can't take 50,000 in right now", Jean said.

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There was no immediate comment from the Haitian government.

"This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients", Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a prepared statement". They said reports on crime rates and use of social services by specific groups were separate from decisions on TPS. Immigration was a top campaign issue and one that's important to his political base. A decision to end the program is supposed to be based on the conditions in the home country.

Advocacy groups also jumped on the issue after The Associated Press earlier this month published leaked emails from a DHS staffer asking for numbers on crime rates involving Haitian nationals in the us, as well as how many Haitians sought government assistance. Instead of deciding on Haiti's fate on a case-by-case basis as senior officials said Monday, Haiti will now get lumped in with other countries whose citizens have their own unique stories and arguments for seeking TPS special protection.

The administration of President Donald Trump plans to working with the Haitian government and helping the country in providing travel documentation for its nationals, Kelly stressed.

But Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., says Haiti is still struggling.

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported it had obtained internal emails from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services showing the agency sought information on criminal activity by Haitians temporarily in the United States. "They were trying to frame it as though it was a big win", said Marleine Bastien.

Susan Church, chair of the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

"We don't know what this means".


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