Trump Administration Leaves 50000 Haitians in Legal Limbo

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A final decision about the long-term fate of those immigrants will be decided at a later date.

DHS officials said there are around 58,700 Haitians living in the USA under temporary protected status.

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

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.

Haitian community members joined in prayer with lawmakers - including state Representative Dan Cullinane, state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and state Representative Daniel Cahill - last week at a Haitian Heritage Day event at the Massachusetts State House.

The future of some 50,000 Haitians depended on the decision, as the program was set to expire on July 22.

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

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced Monday that his department will review conditions in Haiti at that time to determine whether to extend the protection again. 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.

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After the devastating 2010 natural disaster, the USA granted Haitians Temporary Protected Status, a reprieve from deportation based on the notion that, given impossibly very bad conditions back home, it would be unwise to force people's immediate return. In a May 3 interview for "Democracy Now", Marleine Bastien, executive director of Haitian Women of Miami, responded to Trump's campaign promise: "We hope that he will do the right thing, because. sending all these people back to Haiti will be a travesty".

That's why some experts and Haitian officials worry that cutting off the designation may have ramifications beyond the immediate repatriation of tens of thousands of Haitians.

George Sassine, a Haitian business leader who had lobbied USA officials to renew the program, said the six-month extension will give Haitian authorities time to make their concerns more clear.

"Haiti is going to take a long time to get rebuilt", Durandisse said by telephone. The Trump administration has reportedly granted a temporary extension of these Haitians' legal status, leaving them at risk of being forced to leave the country-or remain illegally-at the start of next year.

DHS denied that, telling VOA in an email at the time that "the secretary's decision will be based on a thorough assessment of the conditions in the country...."

The U.S. Government has been deporting Haitians who do not have temporary protected status, as part of its crackdown on illegal immigration.

But Trump administration officials say they believe conditions are improving on the Caribbean island and that Haitians should make plans to return to their home country.

The extension was first reported on Monday by the Washington Postand confirmed by the Miami Herald, which wrote that Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) received a call from DHS with news of the decision. "We invited the Haitian diaspora and worldwide community to participate in the storm, during which we tagged the Department of Homeland Security and urged followers to call the agency to demand that the program be saved".

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