Haitians seeking refuge in America may be sent home
By Ian Sloan 11/21/17
The Trump administration will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti by July 2019. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly in May initially warned nearly 58,700 Haitians to either get ready to go back to Haiti or apply to stay in the United States some other way. Haitians received TPS following a devastating earthquake in 2010.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement that “based on all available information…those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist.” When their protected status expires, Haitians living in the U.S. under those protections will revert to the status they would have had otherwise. Thousands could become undocumented overnight if they do not leave or qualify for residency another way.
DHS can designate a country for Temporary Protected Status when it has been affected by conditions that prevent nationals from living safely in the country. Individuals who are already in the United States from the designated countries are then protected from deportation back to the unsafe area. This can include situations like civil wars or natural disasters, like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. DHS called for an 18-month delay in the termination to ensure a “smooth transition” for the process.