Trump to ban Haitian immigrants after alleged 'shithole' slur


Starting now, Haitians will no longer be eligible for certain temporary visas to work in the U.S.

The Trump administration also recently ended temporary protected status for about 60,000 Haitians granted them after the 2010 natural disaster in Haiti.

People join together, near the Mar-a-Lago resort where President Donald Trump spent the last few days, to condemn President Trump's reported statement about immigrants from Haiti and to ask that he apologize to them on January 15, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

'Why do we need more Haitians?

DHS's reason to ban Haitians from the visas does not hold up.

But the decision to specifically remove Haiti may raise additional questions about the Trump administration's immigration policies. Other countries with higher rates were already not on the list.

Trump has denied making the remarks but acknowledged using tough language.

The H-2A and H-2B visas given to seasonal workers in agriculture and other industries are available to citizens of 80 countries.

"The FRN citation of cases of Haitian nationals having high instances of fraud and abuse as well as a higher likelihood of overstaying their visas was made based on input from the State Department, in the cases of fraud, and from State and DHS related to the volume of Haitian nationals who overstay their visas and remain in the country illegally".

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"Haiti has shown no improvement in these areas, and the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, that Haiti's inclusion on the 2018 H-2A and H-2B lists is no longer in the US interest", DHS stated.

Concerning Belize, DHS said it stopped taking Belize applications because the country is not complying with USA anti-trafficking laws.

Only a few dozen Haitian nationals use H-2A and H-2B visas each year, DHS data shows. On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced that Haiti will be barred from applying for low-skilled working visas. The reported a year ago that club workers tend to come from Haiti and Romania.

Haitians within the United States on various non-immigrant visas, together with those cited by DHS, had an overstay rate of 39% in 2016, the department stated. These visas are for agricultural and seasonal work respectively and are among the easiest for people to apply to get in these countries.

Supporters of the visas say they gave Haitians a rare opportunity to work legally in the United States, contribute to the US economy and help fund the recovery of Haiti after a major quake in 2010, which killed more than 200,000 people.

"They're just cutting off the most economically beneficial visa for the Haitian people", Sarah Williamson, founder of a Virginia firm that spearheaded the program told Reuters.

"Even though not many people have been able to avail themselves of it, it's been hugely transformational for those who have participated", Williamson added.

Officials in Haiti were not immediately available for comment.