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Liberia, S/Leone, Guinea in Cold - Trump Administration Extends TPS For Haiti

23 May 2017, 02:45 | Amanda Barker

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

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

Immigrant rights groups, such as Catholic Legal Immigration Network, said remittances sent home by Haitians working in the United States under the programme provided important relief in the Caribbean country. A final decision about the long-term fate of those immigrants will be decided at a later date.

Markey's office cited U.S. Customs and Immigration Service numbers showing that as of 2016 there were 4,735 Haitian temporary protected status recipients living in MA and a total of 58,706 nationwide.

The Haitians have had the special protected status since the catastrophic 7.0-magnitude quake, which destroyed a large portion of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010.

The Trump administration plans to announce a six-month extension of temporary protected status for 50,000 Haitians who were spared from deportation after a devastating 2010 quake, according to federal officials with direct knowledge of the information.

More than 20,000 Haitian TPS recipients live in NYC alone, according to 1199SEIU, a service workers union that represents thousands of health aides, many of them Haitian.

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

Three DHS officials, who agreed to speak to reporters only on the condition of anonymity, said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly believed Haitians living in the United States deserved the extension until year-end, but conditions there were improving. Her daughter, who was born in the USA, has special medial needs that she does not think would be adequately taken care of in Haiti.

After the 2010 natural disaster, which killed over 200,000 people, a cholera epidemic in Haiti killed almost 10,000 more.

Healey said her office would "continue to urge DHS to extend this status until Haiti, hard hit by natural disasters and public health crises, is able to support the return of these individuals and families now in MA and across the country". 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.

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Temporary "protected status" has been extended for another six months for thousands of Haitians who fled to the United States after their island was ravaged by an quake in 2010.

"We've got to be nervous", she said.

The evening's show was the first in a series of appearances Jean had scheduled this weekend in Miami, where the large Haitian-American community anxiously waits for the Trump Administration to decide whether to renew immigration benefits granted to Haitians after a 2010 quake struck their Caribbean homeland.

The decision to extend TPS for only six months left some Haitians terrified about their future.

A DHS spokeswoman previously told the Observer that Kelly has to make a decision on the expiration or extension of TPS by May 23, to allow 60 days for official notification through the Federal Register, the daily publication for rules, notices of federal agencies and organizations, executive orders and other presidential documents.

The Haitian community, lawmakers and the Haitian government have urged the Trump administration to leave the protections in place because they say the country is still not ready to take back immigrants who have been living overseas.

Some, like Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, whose district includes many Haitians and Haitian-Americans, vowed to use the six months to lobby for a longer reprieve for those affected.

Before the six months is up, the Department of Homeland Security said Kelly would re-evaluate the decision.



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