There are over 59,000 Haitians currently living in the United States under temporary status, which was granted in 2010 after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the island. They were protected against deportation under a program known as Temporary Protected Status, however the Trump administration announced today that this will be coming to an end.
According to The LA Times, the Department of Homeland Security will cancel these special immigration protections and they have 18 months to leave. This means they must find another legal status in the U.S. or risk deportation. “The law makes clear that TPS for Haiti must end,” a senior administration official told reporters in a briefing Monday.
Supporters of the program’s end cite that it was never meant to provide long-term residency.
The LA Times reports that more than 30,000 of the Haitians affected live in Florida, and another large population is in New York City.
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