Ready or not, Haitians who had “temporary protected status” and were allowed to enter the United States after the horrific earthquake of 2010, will have to return to Haiti, when the protections end on July 22, 2019, according to a recent statement from the Department of Homeland Security.
According to NBCNews.com, “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,” the statement said.
“Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist.”
However, the situation is not as simple as that. According to NBCNews.com, Amanda Baran, policy consultant at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, called the termination of the status a “heartless decision” and said the Trump administration has no plan in place for the U.S.-born children who may now lose their Haitian parents and caregivers to deportation.
The 18-month delay “will provide time for individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible,” DHS said.
NBCNews.com reported that there are approximately 46,000 Haitians were allowed to enter the U.S. and work without fear of deportation, according to the Pew Research Center. Other reports and officials have put the number as high as 60,000. That’s a significant number of people. According to NBCNews.com, supporters of the programs say recipients have become too deeply rooted in U.S. society and should not be deported. Truth is, it’s not a question only of whether they are ready to return, but whether Haiti is in a position to provide for them?