President Trump’s immigration agency wants to end protective status for 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. Veuer’s Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story.
Sixteen U.S. senators urged the Trump administration Wednesday to continue immigration protections for 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. because of severe hardships back home.
The senators, all Democrats, sent a letter responding to a recommendation by the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to end “temporary protected status” for Haitians by January. The recommendation was first reported by USA TODAY.
The U.S. government has granted such protections to foreigners from 13 countries hammered by natural disasters, famine or war.
In a letter written by Sen. Bob Mendenez, D-N.J., to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the senators said Haiti still hasn’t recovered from a devastating earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew last year.
The temporary protection program was created for foreigners “when extraordinary conditions in their home country pose a serious threat to personal safety,” wrote the senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “Given Haiti’s many challenges, the United States’ focus should be to prioritize disaster assistance and recovery, not to return Haitian nationals to a country lacking the capacity to support them.”
“More than seven years after the devastating earthquake and resulting humanitarian crisis, Haiti has yet to recover,” the senators wrote.
Kelly, who has the final say, has not decided on the Haitians’ fate yet said Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan.
James McCament, acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, wrote on April 10 that “conditions in Haiti no longer support its designation” for…