In granting another 18 months of protected status for Haitians, Duke apparently responded to requests by advocates and members of South Florida's congressional delegation, who signed a letter in September saying that statistics showing progress in Haiti masked serious problems.
"It was assessed overall that the extraordinary but temporary conditions that served as the basis of Haiti's most recent designation has sufficiently improved such that they no longer prevent nationals of Haiti from returning safely", the official said.
The organizations say affected Haitians face a "terrible choice" of returning to a still-struggling nation or remaining in the USA illegally. The quake in 2010 killed more than 300,000 people, disrupted the function of civil society in Haiti, displacing families from their homes, closing schools and social service agencies, creating instability in government, and undermining the economy.
The DHS said in a press release that conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the program will be extended for the last time until July 2019 to give Haitians time to prepare to return home.
Her brother, Jean Dupuy, program development coordinator for the Haitian Apostolate, said it is a relief Haitians will not immediately be deported, but "we still have to fight to get what we need". The AP obtained internal emails in which a "top immigration official wanted not only crime data on Haitians who are protected from deportation under the Temporary Protected Status program, but also how many were receiving public benefits".
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), however, now has until November 23 to make a determination on whether to extend the TPS designation once again. Protection for 86,000 Hondurans in the United States has been extended.More news: Fort Bend Owners of Anti-Trump Bumper Sticker Threaten Civil Rights Lawsuit
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Millona said Congress needs to find a permanent solution for people from places like Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador, which could include permanent residency. They argue that it is contrary to American values to force people to return to a country that is unsafe and unstable.
TPS status for an additional 200,000 Salvadorans, here since El Salvador was struck by a series of earthquakes in 2001, is also due to expire in early January.
"Besides the human toll on Haitian TPS recipients and their families, it will be costly for their employers, ruinous to the up and coming neighborhoods where they often live, and destablilizing to their countries of origin", Saenz said. "For anyone that has been to Haiti in recent months, it is clear that the Administration's decision does not coincide with the unsafe reality on the ground". Kelly, now White House chief of staff, visited Haiti shortly after that initial announcement and later joined Vice President Mike Pence for a meeting in Miami with Haitian President Jovenel Moise. I have seen firsthand the potential of the Haitian community when given the opportunity.
"In 2017 alone", Duke said, "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services conducted extensive outreach to the Haitian communities throughout the country".
Critics of Trump's decision say TPS beneficiaries, who are allowed to work in the USA, contribute to the economy and pay taxes. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) tweeted.
The Times adds that some Haitian immigrants affected by this mandate have sought asylum in Quebec, Canada.