At least 16 percent of Haitian TPS holders have lived in the US for at least two decades.
The latest move does not affect thousands of Haitians who were taken in by Brazil and other South American countries after the quake and began making their way to the United States a year ago, according to an ABC news report.
According to DHS, the department can designate a country for Temporary Protected Status when it has been affected by "conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately". They're afraid not only of having to return to Haiti, but also of having their families split up - those 59,000 Haitian immigrants are raising some 30,000 children with USA citizenship.
On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced plans to end a humanitarian program that granted temporary residency permits to those affected by the 2010 Haiti quake. But DHS officials ultimately chose to extend the immigration for another 18 months to give Haiti's government more time to prepare for the return of residents who were forced to leave the country.
President Donald Trump's administration will end a temporary quasi-amnesty program for nearly 60,000 Haitians, but only after a long delay, senior officials said Monday.
In a statement, House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi said: "Deporting tens of thousands of men and women back into the nation will only deepen the suffering in Haiti". "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.
DHS officials also said the 18 months is meant to give Haitians with temporary status enough time to arrange for their departure or "to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible". Further details about this termination for TPS will appear in a Federal Register notice.
A decision on El Salvador's status, which was given TPS after its 2001 natural disaster, is due in January.
Duke is weighing in the status for 57,000 Hondurans, after having extended the expiration date by six months from its original January 5 deadline. She said it could have repercussions far beyond TPS status for a single nationality. "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". That could complicate decisions for families faced with returning to Haiti. I have seen firsthand the potential of the Haitian community when given the opportunity. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, D, hosted a meeting last week with Duke to which all members of the state's congressional delegation were invited. And on Thanksgiving Day, the only right decision is to extend our welcome to the Haitians.
The decision will upend the lives of thousands of Haitians in the USA, many of whom have taken advantage of their legal status to put down roots, building careers and raising children, many of whom are American citizens.
Some immigration experts have speculated that many Haitians are likely to seek residency in Canada, particularly in French-speaking Quebec, to avoid being sent home.
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