It is disappointing for all the foreign born individuals who have been living in the United States for as long as for two decades on basis of temporary protected status. Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke announced last week that The Trump administration will terminate the TPS extended to approximately 59,000 Haitians living in the United States, with an 18-month delay.
The acting secretary also stated that they have coordinated with the U.S. as well as Haitian officials and the decision has been announced only after making proper investigations and inquiries and review procedures. Also, the agency took into account Haiti’s ability to repatriate tens of thousands of people.
The nationals of Haiti were extended the TPS after a massive and destructive earthquake hit the country in the year 2010.
So it means that the nationals of Haiti who are extended TPS will have to leave the U.S. by July 22, 2109. Unless they are eligible and apply for some other more appropriate visa status to continue to stay in the U.S.
Even though this is an unhappy news, previous time i.e. in May 2017 when the TPS renewal extension was granted for the nationals of Haiti, they were also warned that they might not be eligible for further extension and will have to leave the U.S.
Reports suggest that this decision may have serious impacts on the lives of Haitians as they might have to face dire conditions like lack of housing, low prospect employment opportunities, health care issues, etc.
The move is expected to hit hardest Florida, home to roughly two-thirds of Haitian TPS enrollees, according to data from the non-profit Center for Migration Studies.
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