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Trump Admin. Sending Haitians Home in 2019

by Countable | 11.21.17

What’s the story?

The Trump administration announced it’s ending the temporary residency permit program for about 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S. The deportations will begin in July 2019.

The Obama administration first granted "temporary protected status" (TPS) to Haitian residents after a 2010 earthquake devastated the Caribbean island. The magnitude-7.0 earthquake killed over 200,000 and displaced hundreds of thousands. But the Department of Homeland Security said that conditions in Haiti have significantly improved, and it’s time for those residing in the U.S. to return home.

"Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent," the department said in a press release. "Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens."

Why does it matter?

Elaine Duke, acting director of DHS, said in a statement that conditions in Haiti that required TPS for its residents "no longer exist."

"The decision to terminate TPS for Haiti was made after a review of the conditions upon which the country’s original designation were based and whether those extraordinary but temporary conditions prevented Haiti from adequately handling the return of their nationals, as required by statute," DHS said in a statement.

"Based on all available information…[DHS] determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist."

Bipartisan lawmakers from Florida – which is home to the country’s largest Haitian population – criticized the move.

Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart tweeted he was "strongly opposed to and disagree with the decision to end #TPS for Haiti." In a follow-up tweet, the Florida legislature said:

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson called DHS’ decision "unconscionable," tweeting:

DHS said the deportations wouldn’t happen for 18 months so Haitians with TPS status would have ample time to "to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible."

What do you think?

Should Haitians with TPS status be deported in 2019? Do you agree with DHS that the conditions in Haiti caused by the earthquake "no longer exist"? Or do you support Diaz-Balart’s statement that “forcing them to leave the United States would be detrimental”? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then comment below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Laura
    11/21/2017
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    Why don’t we send those Eastern Europeans, like Melania Trump, back too. Oh wait! Haitians have the wrong skin color.

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  • Roy
    11/21/2017
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    Making America “Great” again by once again harming the people with the least. Is there any policy of this administration that isn’t the most evil choice that could be made?

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  • OldTimer
    11/21/2017
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    TPS = Temporary Protected Status. The status granted to them was not permanent and the people who were brought here knew it was only temporary. If they wish/ed to stay here permanently they should have already taken steps for permanent legal status. Their country is now in a state of repair of which the US has paid a large sum towards. It is now time for them to go home, unless they have made other arrangements.

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  • Walter
    11/21/2017
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    Please consider seriously the word, “temporary”, within the phrase “temporary protected status”. This is an integral part of the law originated under the Obama Administration. 18 months should be adequate time for those wishing to stay to seek legal immigration status.

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  • Jennifer
    11/21/2017
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    Why is it only brown people that this administration hates on? Asking for a friend.

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  • Karan
    11/21/2017
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    It’s not evil. It’s literally called TEMPORARY Protected Status. When the Haitian migrants came they knew that they would be going back soon. Haiti is better than it was before and a lot of that thanks goes to the billions of dollars we sent. So it’s not a bad thing to send them back now that it is safer.

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  • Michele
    11/22/2017
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    Racist bastard.

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  • AndrewLinder
    11/21/2017
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    These people should have taken the steps toward immigration if they desired to stay. If they were uninformed (possible), then that is bureaucratic failure at its finest. However, it is not the government's job to grant these people a "free pass", especially when they had the opportunity to avoid returning.

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  • Countryfirst
    11/22/2017
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    Let's send the treasonous and corrupt trumps to Russia..hell, I'll even help pay for that!

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  • Ticktock
    11/21/2017
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    The forceful return of the Haïtiens follows a pattern established by this Administration and it’s assertion that Haiti has recovered sufficiently to allow these refugees to return to a country that can support the current population as well as an additional 60,000. Based on what I’ve read Haïti is still struggling but this Administration would have no hesitation to massage the facts in order to justify a decision they have already made. Let them stay.

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  • Carlos
    11/21/2017
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    I suppose “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” no longer applies in 2017, that is unless you have the right skin color and/or income level. The heartlessness of the republican party truly knows no bounds, but that shouldn’t be news to anyone paying attention. Keep racking up the “wins” while you can boys, before you’re swiftly booted from office in 2018. No amount of gerrymandering, suppression, or meddling will save you this time. Seismic change is coming.

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  • Azrael
    11/22/2017
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    This is sickening What did we expect The man just endorsed a pedophile for the senate

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  • Jennifer
    11/21/2017
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    Despicable.

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  • Karen
    11/21/2017
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    This is just evil! We once were better than this! Makes me ashamed of this country!

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  • Pilgrimpoet
    11/21/2017
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    Just don’t do this. Please.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    11/22/2017
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    It appears that this Republican regime is looking to find any win or any perceived win that it can, since it has basically lost its entire agenda since taking control of all three branches. They know they will likely lose the entire house come 2018 election and likely the Executive branch the way this unethical Republican regime is operating and committing investigable crimes on nearly a weekly basis.

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  • Glynn
    11/21/2017
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    I think all you libs that like to give anyone access to the US should be the only ones paying for them. You’re so quick to spend everyone else’s money.

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  • Gordon
    11/22/2017
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    Stop this insanity and help prevent a human catastrophe, do not end the Haitians TPS status.

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  • Jim
    11/21/2017
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    Donald Trump brought his wife from Russia because she was pregnant slut now they have an anchor baby she was pregnant before she even got here she came over on the plane no green card no visa send her Donald and a kid back to fucking Russia

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  • NoHedges
    11/21/2017
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    This is wrong, we need to follow thru on our commitments!

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