Protest planned outside Mar-a-Lago after Trump ends protections for Haitians

Protest planned outside Mar-a-Lago after Trump ends protections for Haitians

"Since the 2010 quake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent", said Duke. "Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens".

But campaigners say the Trump administration has unfairly singled out small numbers of the most vulnerable people as part of its tougher stance on immigration.

First signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, more than 320,000 people benefit from TPS, including almost 200,000 people from El Salvador.

The Haitians are among several groups of foreigners living in this country under TPS, some of them for decades, and awaiting a decision on whether their status will be renewed.

The 18-month window is meant to give Haitians time to prepare to leave the USA or to seek an alternate legal immigration status. They have said their decisions on further extensions are made on the basis of whether the initial justification for the status still exists.

A group of protesters, including some personally affected by the Trump administration's decision to end TPS for thousands of Haitians allowed into America after the devastating 2010 natural disaster, will hit the road to the President's Mar-a-Lago home Tuesday in an effort for their voices to be heard.

Earlier this month, DHS announced that acting Secretary Elaine Duke had chose to end the Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua but was unable to come to a decision on Honduras.

But Duke deferred for six months a decision for the much larger group of 57,000 Hondurans living here under the same designation, saying that more time was needed for consideration. Haiti has also demonstrated a commitment to adequately prepare for when the country's TPS designation is terminated.

If TPS is not extended, Haitians sent home will face dire conditions, including lack of housing, inadequate health services and low prospects for employment. "Failure to renew the TPS designation will weaken Haiti's economy and impede its ability to recover completely and improve its security", Rubio wrote in the Miami Herald. It will also provide time for Haiti to prepare for the return and reintegration of their citizens.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, told LifeZette that the extended delay was disappointing.

"Brooklyn families from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua, among others, should not have to worry about being ripped apart due to draconian immigration measures such as the proposed termination of Temporary Protected Status", said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a statement echoed by other local representatives. She said it could have repercussions far beyond TPS status for a single nationality.

Dupuy said if someone came into the sell drugs or commit terrorism, or got in trouble with the police, they should be deported. "After all of this time, no conceivable objective is served by upending all of that and ordering them to return to some of the most risky and precarious countries on earth".

The move to terminate TPS for Haitians comes after a similar step was taken against 5,000 Nicaraguans.

Kelly has since shifted roles, now acting as White House chief of staff, but it appears as if he still wields power over DHS. I have seen firsthand the potential of the Haitian community when given the opportunity.

State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Haitian-American Democrat from Boston, said the decision gives Haitians some respite because of the 18-month extension. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) tweeted. And on Thanksgiving Day, the only right decision is to extend our welcome to the Haitians.

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